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25 Strange Facts About the Moon

The Moon is Earth’s lone natural satellite.

The Moon is the fifth largest satellite in our Solar System.

The Moon is a little more than one-fourth the size of Earth.

The Moon’s diameter is 2160 miles (3476 km)

The Moon’s total surface area is 14,658,000 sq. mi (37,932,000 sq. km).

The Moon rotates at ten miles per hour.

Average distance between the Earth and the Moon is about 239,000 miles. Actual distance varies from 221,457 to 252,712 miles.

The Moon’s gravity is 1/6 that of Earth.

Closest distance between the Moon and the Sun is 91,341,565 miles (147 million km).

The speed in which the moon orbits the earth is at 2,300 miles an hour.

If you weighed 100 pounds on Earth, you would weigh 16.6 pounds on the moon.

The Moon does not have an atmosphere; there is no wind on the Moon.

Temperatures on the moon range from 253° F (123° C) to -387° F (-233° C)

The Moon’s gravity affects the oceans on earth.

When the Moon is directly above you and you are along the coast, you will encounter a high tide.

Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.

Apollo 11 was the American space mission to first reach and land on the moon.

Only one side of the Moon is visible from earth at any given time.

The moon has four phases, the first quarter, last quarter, the full moon, and the new moon.

Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth is located in between the Sun and the Moon.

Solar eclipses occur when the Moon is between the Sun and Earth.

The Moon orbits around the Earth every 29 days.

The craters found on the moon’s surface are caused by asteroids and comets when they crash onto the surface of the moon.

There are more than 300,000 craters on the moon at more than one kilometer wide, just on one side.

It takes the Moon to rotate on its axis the same time it orbits around the Earth.

A Harvest Moon is actually a full moon that appears during the autumnal equinox, which is around September.

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