How the Moon Would Look if it Were at the Same Distance as the Space Station

by Nancy Atkinson on October 15, 2013

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This is completely impossible, but fun just the same. How would the Moon look from Earth if it orbited at just 420 km above our planet, which is the same orbital distance as the International Space Station? Here, for the sake of fun, we’re disregarding the Roche Limit and how a body as large as the Moon being that close would completely disrupt so many things on our planet. Plus, as people discussing this on Google+ said, it would be horrible for astrophotography!

Check out more videos by this same person, which include a size comparison of the planets and how the Moon would look if it were replaced with some of the planets in our Solar System.

For an interesting comparison, here’s an image of the ISS crossing in front of the Moon:

The International Space Station transiting the Moon as captured by Mike Weasner from Cassiopeia Observatory in Arizona.

The International Space Station transiting the Moon as captured by Mike Weasner from Cassiopeia Observatory in Arizona.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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