Have you noticed that when you look up at the moon , you always see the same features? You can see craters and patches of different colors. With a pair of binoculars or a telescope , you can make out even more detail. But no matter how you look at the moon, you're always seeing the same landscape. What's on the other side of the moon? Many people use the phrase "the dark side of the moon" to describe something mysterious and unknown.
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The far side of the Moon is the hemisphere of the Moon that always faces away from Earth. The far side's terrain is rugged with a multitude of impact craters and relatively few flat lunar maria compared to the near side. Both sides of the Moon experience two weeks of sunlight followed by two weeks of night; even so, the far side is sometimes called the " dark side of the Moon ", where "dark" is used to mean unseen rather than lacking sunlight. About 18 percent of the far side is occasionally visible from Earth due to libration. The remaining 82 percent remained unobserved until , when it was photographed by the Soviet Luna 3 space probe. The Soviet Academy of Sciences published the first atlas of the far side in The Apollo 8 astronauts were the first humans to see the far side in person when they orbited the Moon in All manned and unmanned soft landings had taken place on the near side of the Moon , until 3 January when the Chang'e 4 spacecraft made the first landing on the far side. Astronomers have suggested installing a large radio telescope on the far side, where the Moon would shield it from possible radio interference from Earth.
Primarily developed during live performances, the band premiered an early version of the record several months before recording began. New material was recorded in two sessions in and at Abbey Road Studios in London. The record builds on ideas explored in Pink Floyd's earlier recordings and performances, while omitting the extended instrumentals that characterised their earlier work. A concept album , its themes explore conflict, greed, time, death, and mental illness , the latter partly inspired by the deteriorating health of founding member Syd Barrett , who departed the group in The group employed multitrack recording , tape loops , and analogue synthesisers. Snippets from interviews with the band's road crew , as well as philosophical quotations, were also used. The sleeve, which depicts a prism spectrum , was designed by Storm Thorgerson , following keyboardist Richard Wright 's request for a "simple and bold" design, representing the band's lighting and the record's themes. The album was promoted with two singles: " Money " and " Us and Them ". The Dark Side of the Moon is among the most critically acclaimed records in history, often featuring on professional listings of the greatest albums.
Our in-house Know-It-Alls answer questions about your interactions with technology. A: The short answer? It's a misnomer. A cool-sounding misnomer! But a misnomer. Assuming they aren't talking about the Pink Floyd album or the French mockumentary, people who say "the dark side of the moon" are almost always referring to the moon's far side—which, despite pointing permanently away from those of us planetside, actually sees as much sunlight as the side facing Earth. Maybe you already knew that.