Weekly Fact Sheet: Week 12

Weekly Fact Sheet Week 12-The Moon

Disparia’s natural satellites: 1 (the moon, officially known as Enoma)

Radius of the moon: Approximately 1,300 miles.

Equatorial circumference: Nearly 8,500 miles.

Distance to Disparia: Nearly 300,000 miles.

Escape velocity: 2-3 meters per second

Orbital period: 27 days.

Rotational period: 12 days.

Age of the moon: Unknown, but assumed to be as old as Disparia.

Composition of the moon: Unknown, likely iron and other heavy elements.

Disparia’s moon has been as much of an enigma as the far side of Disparia for as long as records have been kept. The only natural satellite of Disparia, the moon has had a dramatic effect on everything from climate and tides to religions and philosophy.

The moon is approximately 35% the size of Disparia and exerts a noticeable influence on the planet. Though not proven, researchers believe a trace atmosphere exists around the lifeless body and is comprised of the same elements as Disparia’s, though in smaller quantities. Under ideal conditions it is possible to see a faint band of haze surrounding the sphere, which is believed to be the atmosphere, though some think the haze is nothing more than an optical effect of the sun’s light curving around the large satellite.

From what we can tell, the moon is lifeless and barren. Its surface is pocked by deep impact craters and great volcanoes. Rivers run like veins across the surface of the moon, though they once carried lava flows as opposed to water. That being said, through the use of high powered telescopes it is possible to see what looks like signs of weathering around the mountains, valleys, and craters that dominate the landscape. Dust storms are common on the moon and all but prove the existence of a tenuous atmosphere, though some suggest solar winds and electromagnetism are responsible for the storms. If indeed the clouds are caused by local wind and the atmosphere is dense enough to cause the scattering of the fine particles of dust across the surface of the body, the dust alone cannot account for some of the more unique geological formations and weathering patterns. Nevertheless, water has not been discovered, nor has any other liquid, despite what the weathering and atmospheric conditions might suggest.

From Disparia the moon appears to be gray, red, and yellow. The body as a whole is gray with red colors circling the volcanoes, riverbeds, and valleys. Yellowish bands weave through the other regions near the equator and some volcanic areas. This suggests the moon is made up of iron, magnesium, basalt, and sulfide minerals.

The most well-known features of the moon are the pair of craters in the northern hemisphere around the 30 degree north line of latitude. The equally sized craters are approximately 450 miles apart at their nearest points and 220 miles across, giving them the appearance of large eyes staring at the planet. The side of the moon with the eyes is relatively plain compared to the far side which is marked with more volcanoes and rivers. Like Disparia itself, this gives the moon the appearance of being divided into two distinct halves.

Countless volumes of both scientific journals and creative fiction have been written about the moon in an attempt to understand, explain, and dream about its origins and composition. While science has done a great job explaining the massive orb hanging silently in the sky above Disparia, there is still much that is unknown. Perhaps one day humans will be able to send a craft to the surface of the moon and learn what secrets the surface has to tell. In the meantime we must be content looking at it and dreaming from afar.

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