Our moon is tidally locked to the Earth, which means we never get to see its opposite side. But there's a prevailing notion that the far side is perpetually shrouded in darkness. This is absolutely not true, as this visualization from NASA beautifully illustrates.
From digital artist Zach Dougherty comes a fantastic assortment strange, surreal, and dreamlike animated gifs that are guaranteed to make you stop and stare.
If something about this animation strikes you as unfamiliar, don't worry, you're not imagining things; though the Moon does rotate about its axis as it orbits Earth, you've never in your life seen it spin quite like this.
THE SUPERMOON IS UPON US! The biggest full Moon of the year will be lighting up the night sky Saturday night. Find out what makes this Moon different, and what, if anything, you need to look out for. (Werewolves? Tidal waves?? YOU CAN NEVER BE TOO CAREFUL, PEOPLE.)