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    Light reflection from moon if were rotated 180 degrees? (a 'what if' question)

    If the moon were rotated 180 degrees (the side away from Earth turned to face Earth) would there be more/less/no change in the amount of sun light reflected to Earth?

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    You can figure out the answer for yourself.

    Look at pictures of the near side of the Moon. Which is brighter, the maria ("seas") or the highlands?

    Now look at pictures of the far side. Compared to the near side, are there more maria, or more highland areas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulel View Post
    If the moon were rotated 180 degrees (the side away from Earth turned to face Earth) would there be more/less/no change in the amount of sun light reflected to Earth?
    Just really got confirmation, are you basically asking about the geology of the moon, or is there some other reason that you think the mount of sunlight might be different?


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