Yeah… it’s the Moon.
People used to think it was made of green cheese or it would hit your eye like a big pizza pie! Ok, it’s not made of green cheese and it won’t hit you in the eye but it’s got some awesome facts about it. Let’s take a closer look…
The Super Moon!
Why do we always see the same side of the moon? Because it rotates around its axis at the same rate as it rotates around the Earth. Also, because the moon’s orbit is elliptical rather than circular, it is sometimes closer to Earth than at other times. When a full moon occurs when it’s closest to the Earth, we get a supermoon, which appears 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual. A supermoon occurs about every 414 days.
The Dark Side of the Moon
Because we only see one side of the Moon, the opposite side is often referred to as “The Dark Side of the Moon”. In reality both sides of the Moon get the same amount of sunlight. People have seen the dark side of the Moon, but only from orbiting spacecraft.
The ocean’s tides are a direct result of the gravitational pull that the Moon exerts on the Earth. It creates two bulges in the Earth; one on the side facing the Moon, and the other on the opposite side. As the Earth rotates, the bulges move the oceans, causing high and low tides around the globe.
Drifting, drifting away. The Moon is moving approximately 3.8 cm away from the Earth every year. It is estimated that it will continue to do so for around 50 billion years. By that time, instead of taking 27.3 days to orbit the Earth, the Moon will be taking around 47 days to complete the same rotation.
Time for some Moon trivia!
How many astronauts have walked on the moon?
A: 8 astronauts
B: 12 astronauts
C: 22 astronauts
Take some time and think it over. We’ll give you the answer below.
The Moon Diet
Because of the Moon’s smaller mass it has much weaker gravity than Earth. So you would weigh about one sixth (16.5%) of your Earthweight on the Moon. You’d have a much better chance of playing in the NBA, for sure.
First and Last
The first man to set foot on the Moon was Neil Armstrong in 1969 on the Apollo 11 mission, while the last man to walk on the Moon was Gene Cernan in 1972 on the Apollo 17 mission. Since then the Moon has only be visited by unmanned probes.
Dark and Silent
Because there’s no atmosphere on the Moon, this means that its surface is unprotected from things like solar wind, cosmic rays, and meteor impacts. The lack of atmosphere means the sky always appears black and no sound can be heard, which isn’t great for rocking out.
How do I look?
The Moon is continually changing its shape and these shapes are called phases. There are 8 main phases of the moon: new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, last quarter, and waning crescent.
Trivia Time Answer!
So how many astronauts have walked on the Moon? If you said 12, you’re correct!