The Dark Side of The Moon

The Earth Once Had Two Moons?

4 min readMay 31, 2021

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For centuries, we have attached special meaning to the movements of the celestial bodies. The shapes in the stars were given names by the early stargazers. They named the stars after their heroes, for example, the Greeks gave them names such as Hercules and Achilles’ Heel. Today, stargazing is an idle pastime as well as something more; the field of astrology talks about the spiritual aspects and the field of astronomy talks about the scientific aspects of our galaxy.

Among all these celestial bodies, the one humanity’s most obsessed with is the moon, mainly because it is so close to earth that we can view it quite clearly using modern telescopes. The moon has constantly befuddled humanity with its beauty. Its gravity affects the waves of the sea. People also attach supernatural beliefs to the moon.

Some believe that it is connected to werewolves; some think that it is connected to magic and sorcery. Although there are still some who believe in them zealously, these beliefs have mostly faded away in modern times. As for scientists, the thing that fascinated them the most was the other side of the moon. And due to the advances in technology, they finally got their curiosities satisfied.

The Dark Side of The Moon

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The moon is unique when we talk about celestial bodies. Unlike earth, it does not spin around its axis. Instead, it only revolves around the earth, thus we always see the same side of the moon. It was in 1959 when a Russian satellite got the first pictures of the dark side of the moon.

Scientists were shocked to see that the backside of the moon was extremely different from the front side. This was because it was filled with smoothed-out craters, unlike the front side of the moon, which has a mixture of some very large craters and then some even surfaces.

Further data that was collected helped the scientists to find out that the front side of the moon was made of thin crust, and the backside of the moon was made of slightly thicker crust. Even though they had the data, scientists could not…


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