There’s over 190 moons orbiting the planets in our solar system. Earth’s moon is the fifth biggest. Here’s 10 more interesting facts about the Moon:
- The Moon is Earth’s only natural satellite.
- It has a diameter of 2,159 miles (3,476km).
- That’s about one-quarter the size of Earth.
- It orbits Earth every 27.3 days and affects the tides due to its gravitational pull.
Total lunar eclipse of the Moon
- The Moon is 384,40km (238,900 miles) from Earth and about 150 million km (93 million miles) from the Sun.
- Unsurprisingly, the Moon isn’t really made of cheese… It has a thick rocky crust, with lunar soil called regolith and large basalt deposits. The mantle is made of both solid and semi-solid rock. On the inside of the moon is a solid iron core.
- In total, only 12 astronauts have ever walked on the Moon…
- …Neil Armstrong was first, followed quickly by Buzz Aldrin, on 20th July, 1969. (Apollo 11).
- The last man to walk on the Moon was Gene Cernan, the commander of NASA’s Apollo 17 mission, 7th -19th December 1972.
- You would weigh an incredible 83% less on the surface of the Moon than you do on Earth due to the gravity (the force that pulls things towards the ground) on the moon being much less. So if you weighed 85kg on Earth, you would weigh just 14.45kg on the Moon!
- A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the shadow of the Earth, blocking out the Sun.
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