Have you ever wondered to yourself what really hides on the “dark side” of the moon? Truthfully, the answer is well…quite disappointing.
The dark side of the moon is no darker than any other side of the moon, it just faces away from Earth, therefore, not having as much sunlight exposure of the surface to our planet.
Nonetheless, the moon orbits the Earth in roughly twenty-nine days, so this dark patch moves across the planet form time to time. As the moon’s dark side is constantly rotating, it not even always the same exact section of the planets surface that we see.
This side can also be known as the “far side” of the moon. In essence, the dark side, or the far side of the moon, is mainly just large craters in a rocky area of harsh terrain and mountainous spaces . In terms of the darker space on the moons surface, these are in fact areas that are hidden in the shadows, so never receiving.
For example, the bottom spaces of larger craters on the moon often receive no sunlight, as the rigid edges of the craters are too tall to allow any of the sun’s light to shine on the ground. In face, each side of the moon experiences two weeks of the same patterns of light in a row, i.e., two weeks straight of darkness and nighttime or two weeks of straight sunlight and daytime.
The moon also has darker spotting on the smoother, more visible to the light surface, known as “Maria” -a term used to describe dark seas lacking light. These spots are much less common on the dark side of the moon, as the surface is flat, leaving less space for these spots to develop.
Similarly, the moon phases, such as crescent, waning, waxing, etc., often show different portions of the moon in visible light at a time, so the amount of the moon’s surface that we see varies from time to time.
During the twenty-eight day orbit, it is likely that humans on Earth will see the majority of different surfaces that are present on the moon, albeit with more details using a professional telescope than with the naked eye. This way, we may have a better chance of learning more about and study the fascinating details of the moon.