Is the “dark side” of the moon truly as dark as we think it is?
From Earth, we only see one side of our companion satellite. The moon is “tidally locked” with our planet, with the result that it always presents the same face to us.
Because we can’t see the side of the moon facing away from the Earth, we sometimes assume that it’s in perpetual darkness.
But this isn’t so. The “dark side” of the moon (which should more accurately be called the “far side”) gets just as much sunlight as the face we see. All sides of the moon receive the sun’s light equally in turn.
From the sun’s perspective, the moon doesn’t have a dark side at all.
It’s our perspective that throws us off and leads us to the wrong conclusion.
We can easily fall prey to misconceptions about our own lives, too. When we don’t have the right perspective, we can assume that things are darker than they really are.
Naomi in the Old Testament Book of Ruth certainly made this mistake.Read more