Facts about the Moon

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Facts about the Moon :

Our Moon was estimated to have been formed  around 4.6 billion years ago.   This was around 30-50 million years after the formation of our solar system.

A common theory is that it was once part of the Earth and was formed from a chunk that broke away due to another huge object colliding with earth when it was relatively young.

The surface area of the Moon is 14,658,000 square miles or 9.4 billion acres. Earth is about 80 times the volume than the Moon, but both are about the same age.

  • The Earth is 81 times heavier than the Moon.

  • The Moon Orbits our planet every 27.3 days Orbiting at 384,400 miles from Earth and at a speed of 2,300 miles an hour.

  • Temperatures on the moon range from 123 Celsius to 233 Celsius and Just 59% of the Moon’s surface is visible from Earth.

  • NASA currently has three robotic spacecraft exploring the Moon Lunar Reconnaissance and the twin Artemis spacecraft (not to be confused with NASA’s new Artemis mission to send astronauts back to the Moon).

  • The dark side of the Moon is a myth. 

  • The rise and fall of the tides on Earth is caused by the Moon.

  • There are two bulges in the Earth due to the gravitational pull that the Moon exerts; one on the side facing the Moon, and the other on the opposite side that faces away from the Moon, the bulges move around the oceans as the Earth rotates, causing high and low tides around the globe.

  • The Moon is drifting away from the Earth.  

  • A person would weigh much less on the Moon. 

  • There are more than 300,000 craters on the Moon that are each more than 1km wide.

  • Most people think the Moon is round, when in fact it is shaped like an egg.

  • Jupiter has 67 moons, Saturn has 62, Uranus 27, Neptune 14, mars 2, and Earth just 1.

We hope you have enjoyed these Facts about the Moon.

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