Amazing Facts about the Moon (Part 4)

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1. Aristotle and Pliny the Elder considered the full Moon to influence the fluids in a human’s brain, leading to the madness or excessively emotional behavior.

2. On November 17, 1970, the Soviet robot Lunokhod 1 was the first unmanned lunar rover ever to move through the Moon.

3. During the full and new Moon, the Moon and the Sun create the same row with our planet. An additional gravitational push creates higher tides, also known as ‘spring tides’ (which is unrelated to the time of the year). During the first and third quarters of the Moon, when the Moon and the Sun create proper angle with the Earth, the tides are milder and are called ‘neap tides’.

4. In past people didn’t know the nature of the solar eclipses and of course they didn’t think it to be related to the Moon in any way. In China for example, people thought the Sun was eaten by the huge dragon, so they tried to create as much sound as it is possible to make the beast afraid.

5. The gravity on the Earth is six times stronger than on the Moon. It makes the suit of the astronaut which is usually 178 pounds to weigh like 30 pound on the Moon. So if the highest jump record on the Earth is 8.2 feet (2.5 meters) will make 50 feet (15 meters) on the Moon’s surface.

6. We see the same side of the Moon all the time, because the speed of one Moon’s rotation correlates with the time it takes to go around the Earth once.

7. We see approximately 59% of the Moon from our planet.

8. The speed of Earth’s rotation is 1000 miles per hour, while the Moon is one hundred times slower – 10 miles per hour.

9. The expression ‘once in a blue Moon’ generally describes an unimaginable occasion or an event that happens once in a while. The term ‘blue moon’ has its foundations in the Old English word ‘belewe’ or ‘traitor’ on the grounds that an additional full Moon before Lent was seen as a ‘traitor Moon.’ Scholars trust that ‘belewe’ as a result transformed into the word ‘blue’. In the mid – twentieth century, the Farmer’s Almanac by Sky and Telescope magazine made a mistake and characterized a blue moon as the 2nd full Moon in 30 – 31 days. The moon can really seem blue if there are particles in the atmosphere all around that are bigger than the wavelength red light (.7 micron), which can happen due to volcanic emissions or woodland fires.

10. People who research the Moon and its processes still cannot come to one conclusion about the mystery of maria. Maria make 16% of the Moon’s surface and almost all of them are situated on the near side of the Moon.

11. From the perspective of the north pole of the Moon, it rotates against the clock, from west to east.

12. It will take 130 days by car to reach the Moon, by rocket – 13 hours, and travelling with the speed of light will take just 1.52 sec.