This visualization shows the moon’s phase and libration throughout the year 2013, at hourly intervals.
Each frame represents one hour. In addition, this visualization also shows other relevant information, including moon orbit position, subearth and subsolar points, distance from the Earth. Click each graphic to learn more about what it means! Finally, to learn more about this visualization, or to see what the moon will look like at any hour in 2013, visit here.
Learn about your lunar satellite, folks. It’s the only one we have. You might notice the Moon is sort of rocking back and forth. That’s called libration, and you can learn how it works here.