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If you look at a full moon it is completely pock-marked with craters. But here's what I don't understand: The near side of the moon always faces us. But surely the near side is shielded by The Earth, which is 3 or 4 time larger.
so what is the real reason?
What proportion of its life does the Moon spend being eclipsed from sunlight by the Earth? We're talking exactly the same proportion of screening from meteors / meteorites.