Facts about the Moon

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Moon is widely known as the only satellite for Earth, and it is quite old - 4.6 billion years (which is approximately 50 million years after the creation of our solar system). Moon is always faced with the same side to the Earth, as both of them are moving synchronically. The first human made landing on the Moon was in 1969 by Apollo 11, and the first mission on the Moon in general was made by Soviet Union in 1959.

Moon Characteristics

- Diameter 3,475 km
- Mass: 7.35 x 10^22 kg (0.01 Earths)
- Orbits: The Earth
- Orbit Distance: 384,400 km
- Orbit Period: 27.3 days
- Surface Temperature: -233 to 123 °C
- The dark side of the Moon doesn't exist

Indeed, both sides of the Moon get similar amount of sunlight, but on Earth it is possible to see only one side of the Moon. It can be explained because the Moon moves around its own axis as long as it orbits Earth, so we can observe only one side of the Moon all the time. The only possibility to see the other part of the Moon is to look at it from spaceship.

The Moon controls the levels of tides on Earth

The gravitational pull provided by the Moon created two bulges in Earth. The first faces the moon directly, and the second doesn't face the Moon and is situated on the opposite side. Earth rotates and the bulges move as well, and gravitational pull of the Moon influences increasing or decreasing of the tides all over the world.

The Moon is moving away from Earth

Every year the Moon is 3.8 cm farther from Earth. According to calculations, if the Moon will do so during next 50 billion year, by this time it would take 47 days for the Moon to make full circle around Earth. Now it is a little bit more than 27 days.

A human weight is way less at the Moon

Earth has stronger gravity than the Moon, as the mass of Earth is bigger, so at the Moon you will probably weigh about 1/6 (16.5%) of your usual (Earth) weigh. It is the reason why astronauts on the Moon can make such great and high jumps.

Only 12 people have ever walked on the Moon, all of them are from USA.

The first person on the Moon was Neil Armstrong in 1969 during the Apollo 11 mission. The last human to walk the Moon as for now is Gene Cernan, in 1972 during the Apollo 17 mission. After 1972 only non-human vehicles landed on the Moon.

Atmosphere on the Moon doesn't exist

It implicates that the Moon's surface is defenseless when it comes to cosmic rays, meteorites, other space objects and solar winds. Due to this fact the Moon has drastic variations of temperature. The Moon sky is constantly black and sounds there can't exist.

The Moonquakes are real

Our planet has gravitational pull as well and it influences the Moon. The astronauts used seismographs during their missions on the Moon and detected small quakes just few km under the surface, which created small cracks. Some researchers believe that Moon has similar to Earth molten core.

The first spaceship to arrive at the Moon was Luna 1 (1959)

Soviet Union launched this spaceship. It went through 5995 km of the Moon's surface and then moved into orbit around the Sun.

The Moon is top-5 biggest satellite in our Solar System

The Moon is 3.475 km in diameter, and is way smaller than other moons of Saturn or Jupiter for example. Earth is 80 times bigger than the Moon, however, the age of both is approximately similar. There is a probable theory that Moon used to be the part of Earth, but then something ran into Earth on its very first period of life and the Moon appeared.

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.


Moon's temperature diversity and moon time zone

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Interesting information about Moon temperature diversity. Do you know what time is now on the Moon? Franklin decided to construct a model of the watches for people on the Moon.


Cut, Color and Condition According to the Lunar Calendar

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Phases of the Moon are known to impact the way people behave and how they feel. Also they can really influence the state of the hair and styling routine.


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.


Lunar Eclipse vs. Solar Eclipse

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The eclipses are divided into three types: total, partial or annual ones. What is the difference between solar and lunar eclipse?


Moon Core

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Special technologies that are used by NASA tell us that our moon has a core, which is similar to our planet's structure. The information acquired by Apollo-era gave a lot about the evolution of the moon dynamo.


Supernova iron found on the moon

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The origin of the Supernova involves a great explosion. About 2 million years ago, a grand explosion of such star has happened closely to our solar system.


The Wander of Moon's Axis

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At times, there happen some unexpected discoveries, which can be surely referred to the class of miracles. One of such was detected in one recent study, which revealed novice surprising fact about our moon.


The evidence of ancient life may be found on the lunar surface

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Professor Mark Burchell and his professional team made a special simulation of such crushing. The simulation was pretty real because the scientist operated with precise facts.


The Pioneer (Lunar) Calendar

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The earliest data according to archeological that makes mention of the perception of stars and the sky by human beings was linked to the Aurignacian Culture in Europe.


Extraordinary moon facts

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The Moon has no magnetic field itself, so imagine how strange it is that the rocks found on its surface are actually magnetized. The Moon is quite an old satellite, even older than we've thought. There is a probability that it is older than both the Moon and the Sun.


Extraordinary moon facts (Part 2)

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The moon’s surface is considerably harder than assumed. The crates on the Moon could be not only due to external damages, but also through internal ones. However, the origin of internal craters is doubtful, as there is no approved evidence that the Moon has or had ever had high temperature inside to create craters.


Extraordinary moon facts (Part 3)

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One of the most amazing theories that has no facts that can beat it is that the Moon is the huge spacecraft from unknown places brought here and left by other intelligent creatures, as it can explain such position of the Moon in relation to the Sun and its perfect Earth orbit.


Amazing Facts about the Moon

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There is a popular thought in the scientific field that the early Earth was hit by the blown planet of the size similar as Mars. Then the rocks from this planet were exposed to the gravity of the Earth and made a bulk and through the years created the satellite of ours.


Amazing Facts about the Moon (Part 2)

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The Moon has the biggest crater in our solar system. It is called the South Pole-Aitken; it is situated on the far side of the moon and is 1,550 miles (2,500 km) in diameter. The largest crater on the visible side of the Moon is called the Bailly Crater, its diameter is 183 miles.


Amazing Facts about the Moon (Part 3)

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Every footprint of an astronaut that has ever been on the Moon’s soil can remain there for millions of years, as there are no wind and water on the Moon that can erase the footprint.


Amazing Facts about the Moon (Part 4)

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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.


Amazing Facts about the Moon (Part 5)

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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.


Amazing Facts about the Moon (Part 6)

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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.


Amazing Facts about the Moon (Part 7)

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Back in November 2009, NASA claimed the discovery of the water on the Moon that may hold a potential to create a space station on the Moon. The water dates back to billion years and can reveal the secrets of the solar system.