Interesting Moon Facts

The moon has huge temperature diversity

If you google this information, you will be quite confused, because all the sources will tell pretty much different numbers. Also you may be confused as the information appears in different scales: Celsius, Fahrenheit, or Kelvin.

We try to use only well-known and reliable resources like NASA. The temperature on the equator of the Moon may be very low at nighttime like 280°F (-173°C) and 260°F (127°C) during the day. In a very deep craters the temperature is usually very low up to 400°F (-240°C) the same temperature is on the Moon's poles.

At the time of lunar eclipse, when the Moon is under Earth's shadow, the temperature of the soil can become like 500°F (300°) in an hour and a half.

The moon has its own time zone

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Do you know what time is now on the Moon? In Helbros Watches asked Kenneth L. Franklin decided to construct a model of the watches for people on the Moon. Those watches measure time in a special scale - lunations. It is a time needed for the Moon to rotate and revolve around our planet. One lunation is approximately 29.5 days.

For our satellite, Franklin produced a special system - "Lunar Time" (LT). He tried to transfer the time on the Moon according to our perception of time here on the Earth. The basis for this was a lunar meridian system - made of meridians 12° wide. Different names were created for such watches, and the hour on the Moon was called a "lunour". Also there were presented other measurements like decilunours, centilunours and millilunours.

The first lunar watches were sent to the President of U.S. - Richard Nixon. The President replied with a gratitude to the developer. President's thank you note and a sample of watches were kept in Hayden Planetarium for a certain period.

However, this invention was rather useless, and for the last century it didn't become a hit product or at least a needed product. But the enthusiasm of Franklin is impressive.

Lunar months, Brightness Sun and Moon, Lunar surface

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Interesting information about 4 types of lunar months. How many can we see lunar surface? Brightness of the Sun and the Moon. Full moon and first-, last-phases.


Moon Bright, Earth phases and Moon Eclipses

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Interesting information about Moon bright. The Earth viewed from the Moon has phases as well. Eclipses are reversed when viewing from the moon.


Moon Craters

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Craters on the Moon appeared due to the celestial bodies that collapsed into its surface. The craters are named after the famous scientists and people who made something great on Earth.


The 'dark' side of the moon

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The Moon goes into Earth's orbit every 27.3 days. The side of the Moon that we can see all the time is commonly known as the near side. Another side is called the far side.