Do you know anywhere I can move to or go to so I can see the harvest moon at night in the sky every year?

Don’t spend your money! You do not need to go anywhere special to see the harvest moon at night. The harvest moon is merely the full moon which is closest to the equinox in the autumn. The fall equinox comes around September 22, every year. So which ever full moon is closest either before or... Continue Reading →

Why don’t we see the hidden face of the moon? Is this because the moon rotation is perfectly synchronized with Earth?

You are correct. The moon is synchronized with Earth, although not perfectly. There is a wobble which I’ll show you below. The “face on the moon” means that some people see what looks like a face on the side of the moon we can see. It’s not on the far side, but the side we... Continue Reading →

Given that NASA has landed on the Moon, why did they not put some plants on the lunar surface?

Wow. What would have happened if astronauts had brought plants to the moon? Surely by now the moon would be green! Here I always thought the thing was made of blue cheese. You must know from the other answers that there’s no air on the moon and plants need air to survive just like you do. Another... Continue Reading →

Which is more difficult to achieve 100 years from now, building a giant telescope to directly observe other planets in a distant Galaxy or building a faster than light space ship?

Faster than light speed will never be possible, ever. The best you’ll be able to do is maybe 1/10th the speed of light given an enormous amount of propellant, and then you’ll have to slow down at the end of the trip using just as much fuel as it took you to go that fast in the... Continue Reading →

Will the moon or Mars have the first permanent human population?

In my opinion, hopefully neither place because there is no valuable reason for humans other than our robots to establish a presence in either place. Robots are expendable and you don’t have to bring them back. They can transmit what they find. Both are dead planets. Both have no reason to settle there.

How Big does a Moon Have to Be?

Not very big! It would just have to be natural. Not made by man! And it wouldn’t have to be there for very long either. Just long enough for it to be in orbit. The astronomical community doesn’t have a definition for moon other than it has to be a natural object. Thus captured asteroids... Continue Reading →

Would there be a big advantage putting a SETI listening post on the far side of the moon?

I assume the moon would act as a large shield to diminish the radio “noise” from Earth. Obviously there would be an issue getting any information back home for the same reason. Definitely. I once spoke to an astronomer about this. It would be a huge advantage for us to have that. The problem is... Continue Reading →

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