Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsAstronomy & Space · 1 decade ago

Earth rotates and revolves around the Sun...and Moon revolves around the Earth...Does Moon rotate on its axis?

Answer why if its true that the moon rotates...

12 Answers

  • Erik N
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer


    it does because the same side of it is always facing Earth.

    each time it revolves around the Earth it rotates once.

    (experiment time)

    find one person to do this with.

    one of you will be the Earth and the other is the Moon. the person that is the Moon will go around the person that is the Earth but only face in one direction (ie. if you are outside stay facing north while moving) person Earth will see every side of person Moon. now have person Moon go around Person Earth but stay facing Earth. Person Earth only see person Moons face. now keep person Moon moving the same way but have person Earth walk away, persom Moon will now be spinning.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    To say that the moon has an axis implies that it does indeed rotate. If the moon is not rotating then it is impossible to define an axis.

    Relative to the sun, the moon does rotate, but from out perspective here on earth it does not. Like many things, it is all a matter of your frame of reference.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, the moon rotates on its axis and revolves around earth at the same speed (27.3 days). This makes us see only one side of the moon.

  • 1 decade ago

    The moon does not rotate on an axis, the same side always faces the Earth, so it's not even spinning, therefore has no axis, but only a center of gravity.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Moon is tidally locked to the Earth. When two rotating bodies orbit each other, they raise tides in each other. These tides cause mechanical friction. So tidal activity absorbs a lot of energy out of the rotational energy of the bodies. In other words, the energy in the form of rotational inertia is partially converted into tidal, geophysical changes in the bodies involved. The Moon's rotational inertia has been exhausted, converted into geophysical change in the Earth and Moon. The Moon, being much smaller than the Earth, long ago dissipated enough energy to lose rotation so that its tidal bulges are now always aligned with the gravitational pull of the Earth. The Earth still raises a "tide" in the Moon but it is in a balanced, steady state now and does not stretch the rock any more -- there's no more spin for the Moon to give up.

  • 1 decade ago

    The moon rotates at about the same rate it orbits the Earth.

    Theres seems to always be a "dark side" of the moon we never see.

  • 1 decade ago

    yes the moon does rotate but it rotates at almsot the same speed it revolves so only one side of the moon is seen.

  • 1 decade ago

    yes the moon rotates but we only see one side of it because when we get to the point of seeing the moon it has already made a complete turn there for you are seeing the same side you see every night...., anyone who tells you different doesnt know didly squat

  • 1 decade ago

    No, the earth rotates because of the suns gravity, and the earth's gravity is not strong enough to spin the moon.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


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