If We Had No Moon

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If We Had No MoonWithout the moon, humans wouldn't exist. Life, if it had started at all, would be in the earliest stages of evolution.

Days would last four hours, winds would blow at hurricane force and there would be a dense and toxic atmosphere resembling that of Venus.

Luckily, 50 million years after the formation of the solar system, our proto-planet was hit by a celestial body more than twice the size of Mars, which formed the moon.

In this one-hour special, viewers will learn what Earth was like before the moon and what Earth would be like if the moon disappeared.

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Comments and User Reviews

  • Achems Razor

    Wow!

    Good Doc. I can't believe it is something that I did not know.

    According to this Doc. which is scientifically plausible. It seems that the Moon should be our God! Without our Moon there would not be any humans!

    Talk about throwing Religions out of whack, EH!

    I also believe in the "lunacy" of the full Moon, since I was on the front lines, medically speaking, for these occurrences.

  • William MacDonald Gibb

    Instead of 'Orpheus' perhaps Nibiru was the colliding planet, check Lloyd Pye and Z.Stitchin and the Sumerians!

  • Keith Haigh

    Given that the moon is receding, and it is fundamental to our existence, and that the same face always points toward Earth, then why not fit 'Orbit Stabilizing Rockets' on the Dark Side to compensate for the recession?

    That way we don't need to leave Earth!

  • Achems Razor

    Good thinking!

    But you need "Orbit Stabilizing Rockets" on both sides to effect an equilibrium. You would not want the Moon to come crashing down on Earth.

  • JohKen

    If this scenario were true, and an object twice the size of Mars struck the earth, the inertia would have sent the "moon" flying towards either the sun or Jupiter, depending upon the angle of impact and resulting trajectory of the earth-made flotsam. One of two other options exist; 1)both the Earth and moon resulted from the acquiring accretion disc early on, or 2)the moon was brought here by a civilization hundreds of thousands, if not millions of years more advanced than humans to foster growth upon our planet. It's not too far fetched to believe if you step out of the shackles that bind most imaginations. Just sayin'....

  • William MacDonald Gibb

    @JohKen: A cataclysmic collision as Immanuel Velikofsky theorized in 'Worlds in Collision', would not carve a chunk out of the planet. The area of impact would be pulverized into a belt of debris, captured by earths gravity, which over time formed into a moon!
    @Vlatko: Great docs!!

  • WTC 7

    Fascinating! I had no idea that we owe that much to our Moon!

  • Julian

    I just love P. Stewart's voice. Engage, Captain!
    Very good documentary.

  • fruity

    I like the idea that the universe is fractal. so from atoms to galaxy superclusters its all the same.

    Taking that idea one step further, it boggles the mind to think that our entire universe could be just an atom like molecule of some strange being (or a rock, or whatever) who in turn inhabits a universe. a universe which, much like ours in shape and design, is a molecule of an even bigger universe - add infinitum.

    of course, this would also imply that the molecules that make up you and me were complete universes, within even smaller universes, add infinitum.

    perhaps big bangs formed from the matter sucked through black holes (as william macdonald gibb suggested) are the parrallel universes that combine to form the matter of the next universe up.

    i know its a bit of a crazy idea but i like it. this fractal like "design" is certainly seen in our universe. from an electron spinnig round an atom , the moon around the earth, the earth around the sun, our solar system around the center of the galaxy etc.

  • Platoson

    great doc, very informative

    And by the way, something cannot come from nothing, nor ever will.

    Energy existed before the big bang and has always existed. There is no empty space in the universe; all is filled with energy, most of which we cannot percieve.

    Good job Vlatko!!

  • Achems Razor

    @ Platoson:

    You are right! I stand corrected.
    Everything is energy, in the vast field of Quantum probabilities
    there is no empty space at all in the Universe according to Quantum theory. Even though it seems as such, that we perceive with our physical senses.

    When I was talking about an idea, that to, is an energy fluctuation,
    albeit sometimes an unactualized possibility.

  • deg

    The crash into Tiamat did not create the Moon. The "Reptilians" put it there, and not "Yehway." Read some Zacharia Sitchen wehere he explains it all. Start out with the 12th Planet....

  • http://rachelnico.wordpress.com/ Rachelnico

    Okay doc. Fell asleep half way through! LOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_57BSDGMSDK2VD7L4UQ7DANOAW4 Mac

    Great film, i love astronomy. This is great that i can watch all of these documentaries here. Thanks

  • GetBacklinks

    Cool vid, we need more stuff like this.

  • NotyourbuddyFRIEND

    Although the fundamental elements of the moons role in controlling the axis of the earths wobble and tide are sound; this documentary presents far too many "doomsday scenarios" that are inaccurate in the bigger picture. Speculations formed on the what they think formed moons and debris rings around other planets are just that: SPECULATIONS. They try to suggest a causal link between the incidence of crime and the full moon which is completely ridiculous and has no scientific basis, just like half the theories presented before it...

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lee-Walker/512170729 Lee Walker

    its an interesting documentary but in the end it has all the scientific value of one asking what if mars were made of cheese. In the final analysis things like this whilst entertaining are at best idle speculation and at worst scare mongering.

  • Guest

    maybe when we split atoms we create something from nothing, whole exploding universes .....

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7DHFK7AIAFNB6HUHFGYXQALUM RCC

    There is a major hole in their "no moon" theory. They say that Earth would wobble erratically on it's axis without the moon. They use Mars as an example, saying it wobbles because it has no large moon. But......they fail to mention that Venus has no moon and Venus doesn't wobble on it's axis. Of course, if they did mention Venus, their theory would be worthless.

  • Tanin Sultana

    It was really useful for me.

  • R W

    Has anyone considered that Venus collided with Earth to create the moon; that is why Venus revolves backwards from all the other planets.

  • ChrisArc

    If Venus had collided with the Earth then neither planet would be here now. They are to close to the same size so they would have pulverized each other.

  • ChrisArc

    The protoplanet that hit the Earth and created the Moon is not call Orpheus!
    Orpheus is a NEA: 3361 Orpheus (1982 HR) an Apollo asteroid that was discovered on April 24, 1982 by Carlos Torres at Cerro El Roble Astronomical Station.

    The protoplanet that hit the Earth forming the Moon is called Theia.

    I think that it is the best theory to explain why the Earth and the Moon are so perfectly synced that we away se the same side of the Moon.

  • R W

    They might not have been the same size before the collision. Imagine Earth much larger and both planets spinning the same direction. The larger would cause the smaller to reverse direction of spin and in the exchange loose a large portion of its mass. Resulting in the formation of the moon. Explain why Venus spins backwards

  • ChrisArc

    Venus rotates so slowly that one of it's days is longer than it's year. Being closer to the Sun tidal forces slowed down it's rotation until it stopped and started going backwards.

    Because Mercury is all rock it was not effected the same way. Mercury does leave a small thin trail behind it like a comet because the Sun is slowly melting it.

    Uranus rotates on it side like a football spiraling around the Sun because a large impact knocked it over onto it's side.

  • ChrisArc

    The difference is that Venus is much closer to the Sun and that is what helps keep it stable. The gravity of the Sun effects it like the Moon effects the Earth.

    The Suns gravity is also the reason that Venus spins backwards and it's day is longer than it's year. The tidal forces created by the Sun caused Venus's rotation to slow down, stop and then start going backwards.

  • R W

    I read all those theories, not sure I buy it. No planet has more tidal influence than the Earth and it doesn't spin backwards. All the planets circle the Sun in the same direction. They all spin in the same direction. All the moons circle in the same direction. Just a thought.

  • ChrisArc

    The tidal force on Venus comes from the Sun's gravity and it causes a much stronger tidal force than the Moon does to on the Earth.

    The Earth has slowed down because of the tidal forces caused by the Moon and the Moon is moving away from the Earth at about 1.5 inches per year. It will eventually escape Earth's gravity, sailing off into space leaving us without a moon.

    Not all the Moons circle the same way. Triton circles Neptune in a retrograde direction, probably because it was captured by Neptune's gravity and did not form with Neptune.

  • Dank Raven

    This makes me want to rip my hair out. This video says it's private and the quality of "Do We Really Need the Moon?" is so bad and its unwatchable. What a pity