Amazing Facts about the Moon (Part 6)

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1. The word “Moon” originated from the Latin ‘luna’, which corresponds to ‘irradiance or ‘glow’. The words like “month” and “menstruation” are also derivative from the word ‘Moon’ and have direct correlation to the Moon itself.

2. Apollo 11, the first spacecraft to the Moon with people on the board, needed about 4 days and 6 hours to reach the Moon.

3. All the planets in our solar system have their own Moons, except forMercury and Venus.

4. The moons in our solar system differ a lot from planet to planet, however they all have 2 characteristics in common: they usually orbit a planet and reflect the sunlight.

5. Three types of the moon rocks exist: basalt, anorthosite, and breccia. All of these rocks are also natural for Earth.

6. The far side of the moon (the dark one) is not really dark. The sunlight is reflected by the far side of the Moon as well as by the near (or face) side of it during the lunar day and during the new phase of the Moon.

7. Our Moon is the fifth by size among the satellites in our solar system. However, our satellite is the largest one compared to the size of its planet. By density our Moon is the 2 nd one after the Io – Jupiter’s satellite.

8. The dust from the Moon has the aroma of gunpowder.

9. Most of the satellites of the planets evolve around the equator of their planets, while the Earth’s Moon is angled at 20-30°.

10. The tidal pull between our planet and the Moon leads to the slowing down of the Earth. It will make the Earth as slow as the Moon, which is 100 times slower than now. However, until this happens the Sun will evolve to the red giant and will burn both the Moon and the Sun.