I have read various articles on the net regarding whether or not our moon spins on it's own axis. Funny thing is, most professional astronomy sites seem to be trying to tell us that it does spin around it's own axis about once for every orbital period.
My questions are these....If one should drill a hole in the center of a baseball from top to bottom and run a string through it, tie it off with enough left over to swing it about one's head from a distance of a few feet, will it rotate around the string or 'pole/axis' running top to bottom through the center? Or will one side continually face you as it orbits your head? If it does not spin about it's own axis but instead move it's whole body through space around your hand, is not the moon actually fixed and stationary in reference to it's own axis therefore moving only around your hand as the external axis point?
If one can accept the obvious as true, then many astronomy sites that claim the moon spins on it's own axis are teaching error. A car driving around you in a circle is hardly "spinning on it's own axis". Even accounting for that "once for every rotation" gibberish. An arrow with a string tied to it's middle will present one side to you as you swing it around your head, it too is hardly spinning around it's own axis. These objects, like our Moon, are simply moving in a circular path around an axis point, which I'm sure we all can agree, quite external to themselves.
Here's Bad astronomy's explanation
So who's right? Those laymen who see the moon as not spinning at all, instead merely wobbling around it's own axis a bit and merely travelling around a distant axis point....or those professionals who 'seemingly' try to bamboozle us that it does?
Or what secret could they be trying to hide?
On the far side.....