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Can we predict where on the surface (of the Earth) the moon will essentially always appear to be full?
Can we predict where on the surface (of the Earth) the moon will never be visible (the far side of the Earth)?
is there some innate asymmetry in the system (like a weighted coin)
The terms "full" and "thin sliver" refer to the illumination of the Sun, not the Earth-Moon system itself.So if the Lunar Month is a lot longer than it is now (say, 2 months), and the Earth is tidally locked with a "day" that is 2 months long, then the Moon will still change phases from "Full", half-Moon, New Moon, etc, but each cycle will now take 2 months in stead of 29 days like it does now.Every point on Earth that can see the Moon will see the same phases.
When tidally locked, the different locations on Earth will see the moon go through the phases, but the moon will appear fixed in the sky, right?