Amazing Facts about the Moon (Part 5)

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1. The technological development nowadays is so developed that every typical laptop has ten times more power and possibilities to land the man on the Moon, than the computers of that time had had.

2. The Moon’s volume equals to the volume of the Pacific Ocean.

3. Have you ever wondered how the Easter is calculated? The answer is according to the Moon. At first people look for the next full Moon after the equinox. After this full Moon they look for the first Sunday. The Easter rabbit has also been associated with the Moon and feminine fertility symbols for a long time.

4. The humanity created so-called Outer Space Treaty, where it is claimed that the Moon has the same status as international waters. This treaty also states that the Moon might be used with peaceful intentions only by all nations. It also forbids any deadly weapons or military objects of any type on the Moon.

5. The Moonland is divided into two soil types – bright and dark. Brighter soil is situated in the higher levels of the Moon and is called ‘highlands’. The dark soil is situated in the lower levels of the Moon and is called maria. Usually maria are younger in age than highlands.

6. The gravitational pull of the Moon compared to Earth decelerates Earth’s speed approximately 1.5 milliseconds per 100 years and brings the Moon into higher orbit 1.5” (3.8 cm) per year.

7. On July 20, 1969, the Apollo II lunar module (named Eagle) arrived on the moon. Neil Armstrong was the first individual ever to set foot on the moon. The latest individual to step on the lunar soil was Eugene Cernan in 1972.

8. In roughly 15 billion years, the gravitational push between the Moon and would balance out. However, by the time of around 7 billion years, the Sun will have turned into a red monster star, totally overwhelming and burning the Moon and Earth.

9. A compass on the Moon will be useless as the Moon has no magnetic field.

10. The rotation of the Moon is uneven and usually has some vacillations, so every full Moon we see the different percentage of the Moon’s surface. But the most part of the far side is still in the dark. It would have still been in the dark if it wasn’t for the Soviet vehicle photographing the far side of the Moon with its Luna 3 in 1959.

11. From the Earth the full Moon is pretty bright and can add some light in the dark night, but actually, it reflects only 7 percent of the sunlight.

12. Sometimes scientists witnessed unknown lights and colors from the Moon. They believe it to be the gases that come out of the inside of the lunar soil.