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Jazeki, Sep 04, 2010, 06 pm

Do we really only see one side of the moon?

psudonym, Sep 04, 2010, 07 pm

Yup. That we do.

Also, I suppose I could point out, I added a Google Search bar just below the comics. If ever you really really need to find out, well that's as good a place as any to start.

Guest (Guest), Sep 04, 2010, 07 pm

OOOOH I think I remember this from Earth Science. Something about the moon's rate of rotation being the exact same as the Earth's.

UpsideDown8, Sep 04, 2010, 07 pm

it's because the moon's insecure about the size of her butt

leslielillylazlo, Sep 04, 2010, 08 pm

im loving the google search bar you added there! :D and hmm the moon huh? good question.

horriblehappenings, Sep 04, 2010, 08 pm

Learn something new everyday

Whoo a search bar! Sweeet C:

blumchen, Sep 05, 2010, 12 am

Does Question Duck really want to know or is he just asking questions to ask questions? XD

Love the comic. Simple concept, and very nicely executed. I love how it makes you either think, makes you revisit old facts, or makes you want to learn something. XD

rurui, Sep 05, 2010, 01 am

... I'm waiting for the question "Why doesn't a duck's quak not echo?".

Akiaa, Sep 05, 2010, 02 am

hey Ducky, that's really good question o.o

sydneylove, Sep 07, 2010, 03 am

its because the moon SPINS slower than its revolution time. yeah SCIENCE POWAH

Sind, Sep 26, 2010, 04 am

We always see the same side of the moon because it spins around itself at the same rate as it spins around the earth

Ankh, Oct 01, 2010, 02 pm

It probably has something to do with its original formation being most likely from a mars-sized asteroid hitting the planet early in its evolution. Scientists think that the moon is a piece that flew off but stayed close enough to be the moon.

angelbliss, Oct 17, 2010, 11 am

UMUMUM. This is a late comment but..
I think it has to do with..
the Earth apprently rotates at the same pace as the moon orbits the Earth, so as the moon rotates and revolves, the same face of the moon faces us, so we only see that one side.
I think.

Twentydragon, Feb 02, 2011, 04 am

You're partly right. That's not the cause, though, but it is an effect.

The moon is not perfectly spherical as it appears to us; it is slightly oblong. This shape causes the side facing the earth to be more attracted to it, thus causing it to continually face it. A similar effect can be seen here on Earth: the tides. Water is pulled toward the moon (and the sun, to a lesser extent) because of its gravity. However, Earth's gravity is doing this to the moon's solid surface, not any liquid.

Bliz (Guest), Apr 09, 2011, 02 pm

As adorable as the sleeping duck is, ducks do not sleep like dogs and cats. They twist their neck around so that their bill is flat against their back, between their wings.

rbandboy, May 22, 2011, 11 pm


Is it wrong for me to be answering Question Duck's queries as I read through the first time?

Unclever title, Aug 21, 2012, 07 am

@rbandboy I don't think so. I've been doing it myself.

Twentydragon is right. And that is why the moon is referred to as "tidally locked" with Earth. This is true for some other moons and planets in the solar system too.

eekee, Apr 08, 2018, 08 pm

It didn't used to be tidally locked. I'm told tides (which do happen a little bit in solid rock too,) slow down rotation. The Moon, being smaller than the Earth, got slowed right down already, but some day the Earth will just show one side to the Moon too.

Snoots (Guest), Jul 02, 2019, 01 pm

The reason we always see the same side of the moon is because no one has put a honking huge mirror behind its backside.

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