Moon rotation?

what happened to the moons rotation? Why does it appear to show us the same side all the time?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    "Early in the Moon's history, its rotation slowed and became locked in this configuration as a result of frictional effects associated with tidal deformations caused by the Earth.[9]

    Long ago when the Moon spun much faster, its tidal bulge preceded the Earth-Moon line because it could not "snap back" its bulges quickly enough to keep its bulges in line with Earth.[10] The rotation swept the bulge beyond the Earth-Moon line. This out-of-line bulge caused a torque, slowing the Moon spin, like a wrench tightening a nut. When the Moon's spin slowed enough to match its orbital rate, then the bulge always faced Earth, the bulge was in line with Earth, and the torque disappeared. That is why the Moon rotates at the same rate as it orbits and we always see the same side of the Moon."

  • 4 years ago

    basically to make sparkling, it is not an impressive accident. The mass of the moon isn't gently disbursed. The extra great edge is often dealing with the Earth and the two have an interest in one yet another by using the gravitational tension between them. because of this impact, the Moon makes one rotation in line with orbit around the Earth.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The moon rotates so that it always presents the same side to the Earth.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The shape of the moon appears to change in a repeating cycle when viewed from the Earth because the amount of illuminated moon we see varies, depending on the moon's position in relation to the Earth and the sun. We see the full moon when the sun is directly behind us, illuminating a full hemisphere of the moon when it is directly in front of us. The new moon, when the moon is darkened, occurs when the moon is almost directly between Earth and the sun—the sun's light illuminates only the far side of the moon (the side we can't see from Earth

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  • 1 decade ago

    Basically... Its the correlation of Earths rotation to the Moons rotation.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Its relative, to its orbit, we see only one side of it(the same side)

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