Dark side of the Moon

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Dark side of the Moon may refer to:

Earth's moon[edit]

Dark side of the Moon may refer to the portion of the Moon's surface that we are unable to observe from Earth, which is more correctly referred to as the Far Side of the Moon.

In this idiomatic phrase, "dark side of the Moon" does not refer to darkness, as in the absence of light, but to the unknown,[citation needed] because humans did not see the far side of the Moon until the Soviet Union photographed it in 1959. Due to tidal locking, the Moon rotates on its axis in the same rotational direction as Earth in 29.5 Earth days which is the same number of Earth days that it takes the Moon to orbit the Earth. Thus, the same side of the Moon always faces the Earth.

Depending on context, dark side of the Moon may instead refer to the portion of the Moon's near side unlit by the Sun during the advancement of the lunar phases.




  • The Pink Floyd songs "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse" often mistakenly labelled "Dark Side of the Moon" because the phrase is repeated therein.
  • "The Dark Side of the Moon", a major work for brass band by Paul Lovatt-Cooper
  • "Dark Side of the Moon", a track by Dutch trance group Ernesto vs Bastian containing a reference to Pink Floyd's piece.
  • "Dark Side of the Moon", a song by German dance/trance group Dune
  • "Dark Side of the Moon", an unreleased Elton John song (not to be confused with "Bad side of the Moon.")
  • Dark Side of the Moon, the final track on Lisa Brokop's 2000 album Undeniable


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