If the Moon were at the same distance as the ISS

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yeti dynamics : Phil Plait, The awesomely Bad Astronomer, wrote up a piece about this video, He answers some questions that I was too lazy to answer.. Would we be lighter?? , everyone should go read it here http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/05/19/close_encounter_what_if_the_moon_orbited_much_closer_to_earth.html

MegaBojan1993 : I would freak out If I saw the moon so close to the earth :)

MisterLetsPlay (ohne Lets Play) : am i the only one who has read isis?

Rekha Sharma : Does that mean we get to see solar eclipses every day?

That Keeps Killing You In Titan Mode That one Satyr : Two words. Tidal Waves

lyn1337 : Aaaaaaahhh ... RUN!!!

The flamingsword : My heart rate went up watching that

InternationalSongs : That's cool af. But terrifying at the same time. It still would SUCK when the moon blocked the sunlight! :D

MrGriff305 : well then.. I hope we never ever see that in real life

Tyrone O : This Is also what ants see when people play golf.

Mario Echeverria : As soon as the big moon appeared I was like: oh nope nope, STOP RIGHT THERE *pauses the video*

ᅚᅚ ᅚᅚ : Dawn of the Final Day

Maxer13 : It would fall on earth. It's too close. Far beyond earth's roche limit.

A Man Apart : It won't be as peacefull as the video suggests. It will be catastrophic. I'm no scientist but the oceans would go crazy, huge tidal waves, earthquakes etc.

Seize The Day : This makes me very uncomfortable and I don't know why

Matthew The Great Coin Roll Hunter : Great topic. LIKED the video!

Mario : You know how the ISS uses thrusters to keep it from falling into earth? Well, the moon can't do that. YOU ARE DED

Marvin Kitfox : If the moon orbited at 400km, it would be penetrating the ground by a couple thousand kilometers and completely subsurface! Orbit distance is taken to center of the orbiting object, from the center of the orbited object (in the case of astronomical bodies), or from the surface (in the case of artificial satellites) . I assume you mean here if the closest surface was 400 km from the equator?

Pixelated Icon : Majoras mask!

OBV10U3_NINJA : if this happened in real life the moon would tear into a million billion peices.

shallow bay : Surfing would be interesting to watch with the new waves.

Emily Aquino : thanks I hate it

tyler225905 : Dawn of The Final Day 24 Hours Remain

Mae Borowski : I read the title as isis

Xallifa : No thanks . I'm fine with where the moons is already

opticsarebomb : good luck with the tides

Brian T. : This video gave me a stroke

Yout Tuka : I think it's safe to say Everyone Dies™.

Bryan Elliott : Can you do one _at_ the Roche limit?


Brianboy9494 : Well, the thing is that the ISS orbits Earth at an altitude of about 400 km above sea level. But the moon has a radius of more than 1700 km. So the moon could not orbit Earth at that altitude. However, it could orbit Earth at an altitude of 1700 km + 400 km = 2100 km. At least until said tidal forces shred it to pieces. Not to speak of the extreme tidal waves this would cause on the surface of our planet or the tidal effects on Earth's crust and atmosphere.

kiran rawat : Now imagine what would tides look like.

Jonah O'Brien : The moon would not exist there because it would be destroyed by tidal forces

Wizardwiwizard : Can somebody explain for me why it looks transparent?

korrdavl : Your videos are unintentionally terrifying. I love them.

Tyrone Hardnett : We'll have solar eclipses each day! ●○ =Solar eclipse ○=Sun ●=Moon

ProGamer : 0:23 moon peekaboo People: ahhhhhh

Treebeard : It's neat how the moon becomes more transparent as it gets closer to Earth ;)

hello : anyone else thought the title said "ISIS"?

Ash Tree : I don't know about you but I would be slightly scared to look up the sky

tubedude54 : There would be no life on earth as we know it if this was the case. Gravitational forces would cause the surface of the earth to stay molten as it would constantly be moving up and down as the moon orbited the earth! I also seem to remember reading somewhere that there is a distance that if the moon is within it from the earths surface the moon would disintegrate from gravitational forces and form rings around earth like Saturn has...

Northern_ Savage : we'd have tsunamis every day.

1984 is not a handbook : Majora's mask

: Is the moon really this transparent when it's this close?

NitroDoesGaming : *Wakes up and opens window... stares at huge moon for a straight 10 seconds then closes window* "Just another wacky day... *yawn* "

Cem Karlıdağ : 420

o MC and Tutorials : in this video we can now see the dark side of the moon

Captain Qwaz Caz : So everyone's talking about tidal forces/waves but the moon would be ripped apart if it was that close so rip moon and us since it'd start raining death.

Treason is punishable by death : How dull. What would be way more interesting is the impact on tides and atmosphere. And how long this orbit could remain stable.

DutchGabbers : That would scare the living crap out of me.. Everyday it will feel like judgement day..