Moon

By: Mrs. Stoltz

Background

About

  • Radius: 1,079 miles (1,737 km)
  • Orbital distance: 238,855 miles (384,400 km)
  • Orbital period: 27.32 days
  • Gravity: 5.32 feet/s² (1.62 m/s²)
  • Orbits: Earth
  • Star system: Solar System

Moon Phases

Moon phases and the moon's orbit are mysteries to many. For example, the moon always shows us the same face. That happens because it takes 27.3 days both to rotate on its axis and to orbit Earth. We see either the full moon, half moon or no moon (new moon) because the moon reflects sunlight. How much of it we see depends on the moon's position in relation to Earth and the sun.

Size

Though a satellite of Earth, the moon, with a diameter of about 2,159 miles (3,475 kilometers), is bigger than Pluto. (Four other moons in our solar system are even bigger.). The moon is a bit more than one-fourth (27 percent) the size of Earth, a much smaller ratio (1:4) than any other planets and their moons. This means the moon has a great effect on the planet and very possibly is what makes life on Earth possible.

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First Moon Landing 1969

Moon

The moon is in the sky.