Does the moon rotate? Not in British Primary Schools.

According to a book that was released a couple of years ago to explain science to Primary School teachers, the moon doesn’t spin on its axis:

The Moon is only about one-quarter of the size of Earth. It does not spin on its axis so it keeps the same face towards the Sun at all times.

Good to see the kids are in safe hands.

(Thanks to Ansible Link, for the tip.  Anyone who wants to know exactly how the moon does rotate, should read this).

2 thoughts on “Does the moon rotate? Not in British Primary Schools.”

  1. Would you care to explain to a primary school pupil the rotation of the moon in relation to the earth and the reasons why we always see the same aspect of the moon? I read it and still have difficulty in understanding it! Keep it simple – if they develop an interest in astronomy they will work it out for themselves.

  2. For some reason, once moons are captured by planets, their speed of rotation synchronises with their synchronises, so that they always present the same face to the planet.

    It’s something to do with the effect of the planet’s gravity on the smaller moon, but I’ve absolutely no idea how it works.

    Anyway, in true primary school style, here’s an example that uses apples and oranges:

    http://www.badastronomy.com/bad/misc/moon_spin.html

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