Using data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) this simulation video, from the Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio shows how the Moon will look to us on Earth during the entire year of 2011 (shame it’s already June).
The video compresses one month into twelve seconds and one year into two and a half minutes.
While the moon always keeps the same face to us, it’s not exactly the same face. Because of the tilt in its axis and shape of its orbit, we see the moon from slightly different angles over the course of a month, and the year.
The video – the most accurate to date – shows shadows and other features on the moon in incredible detail. This is thanks to the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) onboard the LRO.