The Moon - Facts Everyone Should Know

Friday, November 11, 2022

One bonus or treat we can all experience is to go outside at night and look up at our moon. I personally think it is just super cool to look at. It could be a full moon, or just a sliver of a moon, or an october moon. I just think it is beautiful.

the moon

To begin, our Moon’s diameter is 2159 miles 3470 kilometers  or roughly the distance across China and more than a quarter the size  of the Earth

It has an average distance from Earth of 380,000kilometers.

 It has a distinct crust, mantle, and  solid iron core

Because the Moon rotates and revolves at the same rate of approximately 27 days.  

We always see the same side of the Moon.

When you look at the surface of the Moon you will notice lots of craters. 

These craters come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. 

moon 2

On the near side of the moon you also have darker and smoother regions called Maria, which is latin for seas because  they were once believed to be filled with water) and [are vast solidified pools of lava.

Because the moon basically does not have an atmosphere, temperatures on the moon vary greatly with temperature differences ranging from 140 °C to −171 °C  depending on the amount of sunlight received.

Small quantities of sodium,potassium,argon, radon have been detected in the atmosphere.

The 2008 Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft has confirmed the existence of surface water ice, using the on-board Moon Mineralogy Mapper. The spectrometer observed absorption lines common to water thus,  providing evidence of large quantities of water ice, on the lunar surface

The moon goes through 8 phases as seen from the Earth as it revolves around the Earth.

New moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full, waning gibbous, third quarter, and waning crescent.

phases of the moon

It takes 29.5 days to go from new moon to new moon.

Twelve people have walked on the moon. Which if you think about it, it is pretty amazing and crazy.

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