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YASH

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YASH asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Can we see incident rays falling on moon if we are living at the north or south poles?

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« Last Edit: 05/04/2011 11:30:02 by _system »


 

Offline Pikaia

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Can we see rays falling on the Moon from the poles?
« Reply #1 on: 05/04/2011 17:21:10 »
I presume you refer to the moon's poles! The moon's axis of rotation is tilted by about 1.5 degrees to the plane of the Earth/moon's orbit round the sun, so at some times of year the sun would be that far above horizontal at the poles, and you would be able to see the Sun if you are not in a depression.
 

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Can we see rays falling on the Moon from the poles?
« Reply #2 on: 05/04/2011 17:22:21 »
I'm not sure what you mean, Yash. You can't see light rays at all unless they are incident on your eyes. Light rays are only seen from the side (on earth for example) because they are scattered by dust particles or water vapour. If you mean "can you see light reflected from the moon" then the answer is obviously yes: if you can see the moon your seeing light reflected from it (by definition). The moon is visible at certain times from both poles, allbeit low on the horizon.
 

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