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The moon

Postby 47Tuc » Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:46 am

Since the moon is THE major source of night time light pollution, I propose that we destroy it at once, by bombardment. LCROSS was a good start, but was hardly big enough. Such a step would have the added advantage of stopping that infernal howling of dogs and wolves. But please don't tell Sir Patrick. He might be a bit...miffed.
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RE: The moon

Postby brianb » Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:53 am

Blasting it into bits would make the problem worse ... freshly disturbed lunar material is lighter than that which has been darkening under bombardment from the solar wind for billions of years, the surface area would be hugely increased and the bits would spread round the orbit meaning we were never free of the thing.

Either leave it alone or cover the entire surface with long tubes lined with black flocking material.
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Re: The moon

Postby mariofs » Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:07 pm

sometimes moon is extra bright and still can see the stars
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Re: The moon

Postby vega1972 » Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:42 pm

mariofs wrote:sometimes moon is extra bright and still can see the stars

As you say, the Moon doesn't dim out the stars completely. Even so, it does cause decided inconvenience to astronomers.

When the Moon is shining in the night sky, it may be romantic for lovers in the parks.

But heck, we astronomers are looking at faint extra-galactic objects in the night sky.

Aren't our minds set on higher things?
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