The Moon Facts


1. The Moon is Earth’s lone natural satellite.

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

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

4. The Moon’s diameter is 2,160 miles (3,476 km).

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

6. The Moon rotates at ten miles per hour.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. The Moon’s gravity affects the oceans on earth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22. The Moon orbits around the Earth every 29 days.

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

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

25. It takes the Moon the same amount of time to rotate on its axis that it takes to orbit around the Earth.

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

27. A Hunters Moon is sometimes called the blood moon and even sanguine moon. This full moon occurs after the harvest moon.

28. A Super Full Moon appears brighter and larger than a normal full moon. This occurs a few days prior to spring equinox.

29. The ashes of Dr. Eugene Shoemaker, a man who was declined to be an astronaut due to medical conditions, were flown into a crater on the moon on July 31, 1999 as his dying wish.

30. Any footprints made by astronauts on the moon are still there and will remain for millions of years because the moon has no atmosphere or wind.

31. Astronaut Alan Sheppard drove a golf ball 2,400 feet, or almost half of a mile, while on the surface of the moon.

32. Back in 1988, of people who were surveyed by the Lowell Observatory of Flagstaff, Arizona, 13% believed that the moon’s surface was indeed made of cheese.

33. Of the things that have been left by humans on the moon, some include: Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan’s camera, human waste from astronauts, commemorative plaques, American flags, defunct lunar rovers and mirrors that NASA uses to gage the distance from the Moon to the Earth.

34. The moon is shaped like an egg, with the larger end pointing toward the Earth.

35. President Nixon had a speech ready to read in case the moon mission was a failure. Copies of the transcript can be found online.

36. The American flags left on the moon are most likely bleached white now from solar radiation.

37. During the Cold War, the United States had considered detonating nuclear weapons on the Moon to demonstrate its power to the Russians.

About our Moon

45 Responses to “ The Moon Facts ”

  1. jwoww

    ha it looks like a butt:D

  2. drew

    wrong 7: new waxing crescent 1rst qt waxing gibbous full waning gibbous 3rd qt waning crescent

  3. Lexx

    Aha,Weirdd lookin!(:(:

  4. not important

    everyone who commented is weird. :P

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    this is fun

  7. charlie

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  8. charlie

    this is fun by the way i am a girl :)

  9. cynthia

    i want to live on the moon

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  13. Elsbeth

    There are 8 phases of the moon not 4, new moon, waxing crescent, 1st quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, 3rd (last) quarter, and waning crescent.

  14. snooki

    haha all of you guys are wierdos ^ js.
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  15. kaitlynthegreat

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  16. Leeja

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  17. Leeja

    This is awesome! I’m doing a Mobile for my project, and I choosed the Moon. The Moon is a unque surface of space and I’m glad to be doing my project on it. I cant wait to get an A+ on my Mobile!

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  20. Sabrina

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  22. Stephen

    I love it its awsomeThere are many interesting facts about the moon and trivia that may or may not be important to you. Some interesting facts include:
    We all know there was a man on the moon, but did you know that there is one who stayed there? Dr. Eugene Shoemaker, a Geological Surveyor, who educated the Apollo mission astronauts about craters, never made it into space himself, but it had always been one of his dreams. He was rejected as an astronaut because of medical problems. After he died, his ashes were placed on board the Lunar Prospector spacecraft on January 6, 1999, which was crashed into a crater on the moon on July 31, 1999. The mission was to discover if there was water on the moon at the time, but it also served to fulfill Dr Shoemaker’s last wish.

    When Neil Armstrong took that first historical step and said “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” it would not have occurred to anyone that the step he took in the dust of the moon was there to stay. It will be there for millions of years because there is no wind on the moon. That is, assuming the downdraft from the Command Module upon takeoff back into space didn’t destroy the print. Buzz Aldrin reportedly saw the American flag, much further away, blow over during launch. Nevertheless, any footprints made by the famous astronauts undisturbed by takeoff are, in fact, there to stay.

    When Alan Sheppard was on the moon, he hit a golf ball and drove it 2,400 feet, nearly one half a mile.

    In a survey conducted in 1988, 13% of those surveyed believed that the moon is made of cheese.

    The multi layer space suits worn by the astronauts to the moon weighed 180 pounds on earth, but thirty pounds on the moon due to the lower gravity.

    How close can you get without completely running out of gas? Apollo 11 had only 20 seconds of fuel left when they landed on the moon.

    Apollo 15 was the first mission to use a lunar rover. The top speed that was ever recorded in this 4-wheeled land vehicle was 10.56 miles per hour.

    It is possible to have a month without a full moon. This occurs in February, but either January or March will have two moons.

    In China, the dark shadows that are on the moon are called “the toad in the moon”.

    The Apollo missions brought back 2196 rock samples weighing 382 kg in total
    Facts About the Moon
    The moon is not a planet, but a satellite of the Earth.

    The surface area of the moon is 14,658,000 square miles or 9.4 billion acres

    Only 59% of the moon’s surface is visible from earth.

    The moon rotates at 10 miles per hour compared to the earth’s rotation of 1000 miles per hour.

    When a month has two full moons, the second full moon is called a blue moon. Another definition of a blue moon is the third full moon in any season (quarter of year) containing 4 total full moons.

    From Earth, we always see the same side of the moon; the other side is always hidden.

    The dark spots we see on the moon that create the image of the man in the moon are actually craters filled with basalt, which is a very dense material.

    The moon is the only extraterrestrial body that has ever been visited by humans. It is also the only body that has had samples taken from it.

    The first space craft to send back pictures from the moon was Luna 3 (built by the Soviet Union) in October 1959.

    The moon has no global magnetic field.

    The moon is about 1/4 the size of the Earth.

  23. Stephen

    are many interesting facts about the moon and trivia that may or may not be important to you. Some interesting facts include:
    We all know there was a man on the moon, but did you know that there is one who stayed there? Dr. Eugene Shoemaker, a Geological Surveyor, who educated the Apollo mission astronauts about craters, never made it into space himself, but it had always been one of his dreams. He was rejected as an astronaut because of medical problems. After he died, his ashes were placed on board the Lunar Prospector spacecraft on January 6, 1999, which was crashed into a crater on the moon on July 31, 1999. The mission was to discover if there was water on the moon at the time, but it also served to fulfill Dr Shoemaker’s last wish.

    When Neil Armstrong took that first historical step and said “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” it would not have occurred to anyone that the step he took in the dust of the moon was there to stay. It will be there for millions of years because there is no wind on the moon. That is, assuming the downdraft from the Command Module upon takeoff back into space didn’t destroy the print. Buzz Aldrin reportedly saw the American flag, much further away, blow over during launch. Nevertheless, any footprints made by the famous astronauts undisturbed by takeoff are, in fact, there to stay.

    When Alan Sheppard was on the moon, he hit a golf ball and drove it 2,400 feet, nearly one half a mile.

    In a survey conducted in 1988, 13% of those surveyed believed that the moon is made of cheese.

    The multi layer space suits worn by the astronauts to the moon weighed 180 pounds on earth, but thirty pounds on the moon due to the lower gravity.

    How close can you get without completely running out of gas? Apollo 11 had only 20 seconds of fuel left when they landed on the moon.

    Apollo 15 was the first mission to use a lunar rover. The top speed that was ever recorded in this 4-wheeled land vehicle was 10.56 miles per hour.

    It is possible to have a month without a full moon. This occurs in February, but either January or March will have two moons.

    In China, the dark shadows that are on the moon are called “the toad in the moon”.

    The Apollo missions brought back 2196 rock samples weighing 382 kg in total
    Facts About the Moon
    The moon is not a planet, but a satellite of the Earth.

    The surface area of the moon is 14,658,000 square miles or 9.4 billion acres

    Only 59% of the moon’s surface is visible from earth.

    The moon rotates at 10 miles per hour compared to the earth’s rotation of 1000 miles per hour.

    When a month has two full moons, the second full moon is called a blue moon. Another definition of a blue moon is the third full moon in any season (quarter of year) containing 4 total full moons.

    From Earth, we always see the same side of the moon; the other side is always hidden.

    The dark spots we see on the moon that create the image of the man in the moon are actually craters filled with basalt, which is a very dense material.

    The moon is the only extraterrestrial body that has ever been visited by humans. It is also the only body that has had samples taken from it.

    The first space craft to send back pictures from the moon was Luna 3 (built by the Soviet Union) in October 1959.

    The moon has no global magnetic field.

    The moon is about 1/4 the size of the Earth.

  24. Manny

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    Saturn Facts You Might Not Know About

    A 100 pound object on Earth would weight 116 pounds on Saturn.

    Saturn has the lowest density of all the planets in the solar system. It is so light that it could actually float on water if there was an ocean big enough to hold it.

    It takes about 29.46 Earth years for Saturn to orbit around our sun.

    Saturn’s rings are made up of billions of pieces of rocks and dust.

    Saturn has over 30 known Satellites, but many of them are small and faint.

    Saturn has no solid surface. It is a giant ball of gas, but it does have a solid inner core.

    The temperature difference between the poles and the equator is very small on Saturn.

    The atmosphere of Saturn comprises mostly of Hydrogen and Helium.

    Galileo was the first astronomer to observe Saturn’s rings…

    He could not see the rings clearly with his small telescope and thought they were large Satellites.

    Titan is the only Saturn Moon with an atmosphere.

    Titan is also larger than the planet Mercury.
    Planet Facts

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  39. lexi

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  42. marcus langenfeld

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  43. marcus langenfeld

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  44. marcus langenfeld

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