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One of the greatest achievements of human history was when Neil Armstrong was walking on the surface of the moon, what can be better than this.
Moon is one of the most important parts of the earth that supports life on earth. This is one of the oldest topics of research but today I will not share some boring research papers but today I will share fun facts about the moon.
So let’s get started:
Fun facts on Moon for kids
Facts of the moon like What created the Moon? And what are moonquakes? Is life possible on the moon ? Is there is water on the moon?
Still, there are footprints of Neil Armstrong on the moon 👣
As we know the atmosphere, of the moon is too thin
so a layer of dust or a footprint can sit there undisturbed for many centuries.
And without a thick atmosphere, heat is not held near the surface, so temperatures vary wildly.
Daytime temperatures on the sunny side of the moon can reach up to 273 degrees F (134 Celsius); on the night side, it gets as cold as minus 243 F (minus 153 C).
The Moon also has quakes.
Moon also have quakes, not ducks 🦆 but shaking of land like earthquakes.
They’re not called earthquakes but moonquakes.
So, let’s know some super facts about the moonquakes.
1.Not like quakes on Earth that last only a few minutes at most, moonquakes can last up to half an hour.
2. They are too weaker than our earthquakes.
3. These quakes are caused by the gravitational pull of the Earth.
4. Astronauts used seismographs on their visits to the Moon.
Water on the Moon? 🌊
This is a question that is there any water on the moon surface? Most of us think that there is no water on its surface but now we know there is.
This water is in the form of ice trapped within its dust and minerals on and under the surface.
It has been detected on areas of the lunar surface that are in permanent shadow areas and are therefore very cold, enabling the ice to survive.
The water on the Moon was likely delivered to the surface by some comets. ☄️
Facts about the size of the moon
Our moon has a diameter of about 2,159 miles (3,475 kilometres) but there are many amazing facts about the moon’s size:
Our moon is bigger than the one-time planet Pluto.
We can say the moon is a little more than one-fourth (27%) the size of Earth, which is a much larger ratio (1:4) than any other moons to their planets.
The Moon is too big but it is much smaller than the major moons of Jupiter and Saturn.
Earth is about 80 times the volume of the moon but yet both are of the same age.
Formation of our moon (the theory behind it).
There are too many theories about how the moon was created, but one of the most popular theories says
It was formed when a huge collision sends a part of the molten earth and the raw ingredients for the moon into space.
According to many Scientists, the impactor was roughly 10% the mass of Earth, or about the size of Mars. Because Earth and the moon have similar compositions.
Suggested article: How was the moon formed?
Has Earth stolen the moon from Venus?
Although most scientists believe in the upper theory, there are several other ideas for the moon’s formation.
These theories also include the stolen theory that says Earth captured the moon that was an asteroid, or that Earth may even have stolen the moon from Venus, according to a recent theory.
Facts on the moon’s surface
Let’s read and know about our moon’s surface
1.Same as Earth-moon surface is divided into crust mantle and core:
2. lunar surface have a crust that averages some 42 miles (70 km) deep. The outermost part of the crust is getting broken and jumbled due to all the impacts the moon has faced.
3. Moon’s rocky mantle is nearly 825 miles (1,330 km) thick and made up of dense rocks that are rich in iron and magnesium.
4. Magma in the mantle made its way to the moon’s surface in the past and erupted violently for more than a billion years.
Like the four inner territorial planets, the moon is rocky. Its Craters is formed by asteroid impacts millions of years ago, and because there is no weather, the craters have not eroded.
There are some more human belongings on the moon. ✉️
Since the first people landed on the Moon in 1969, its surface has been home to more than just dirt or dust.
Earth artefacts left on the Moon by many astronauts include two golf balls, an obscene Andy Warhol doodle, and also a message from Queen Elizabeth II.
Composition of the natural satellite 🛰️
The composition of the moon’s surface by weight is nearly similar to the earth.
1. 43% oxygen
2. 20% silicon
3. 19% magnesium
4. 10% iron
5. 3% calcium,
And some others.
12 people have ever walked on the Moon surface.
There are only 12 people in the history of mankind who have left their footprints on the moon.
This journey was started with Neil Armstrong in 1969 as part of the Apollo 11 mission and ended with Gene Cernan in 1972 on the Apollo 17 mission.
What is interesting about this is that all 12 people were from the US.
Is there any potential for life on the moon? 🌱
If truly many people want to about it but because of Moon’s weak atmosphere and its lack of liquid water, it cannot support life as we know it.
But there is one more thing as we are developing it will not be a great deal to live on the moon but it would be very different from life on Earth.
3️⃣ myth about the moon.
As it is part of an ancient culture that’s why there are many myths about the moon so let’s read some of them:
1.Ah, howling at the moon — no old-timey scary movie is complete without this. But in fact, wolves do not intensify their howling when a full moon rolls around, and they don’t even direct their howls at the moon.
2. Intriguingly, legends from various traditions including Buddhism and Native American folklore, recount the tale of a magical rabbit that lives on the moon.
3. In the 1820s, astronomer Franz von Paula Gruithuisen claimed to have glimpsed entire cities on the moon with his telescope. He even wrote that the “Lunarians” who lived there had built sophisticated buildings, roads and forts.
The Sun and the Moon are not the same sizes ( something different) ⬇
From Earth, we look at the sky many times we feel that both the Sun and the Moon are of about the same size.
Most of us know that there is a quite difference in their sizes but do you ever wonder that then why they look of the same size?
This is happening because, the Moon is 400 times smaller than the Sun, but it also 400 times closer to Earth than the sun. And that’s why in solar eclipse moon can cover the sun.
Distance between the moon and Earth is increasing
This is a quite shocking thing but the Moon is moving approximately 3.8 cm away from our planet every year.
According to some scientists, it will continue to do so for around 50 billion years. And then the Moon will take around 47 days to orbit the Earth.
The Moon is the second-densest satellite
Do you know that moon is the second densest planet in the solar system?
And the first densest is Jupiter’s satellite Io.
Moon makes tides(fun facts about tides)
Tides are long-period waves that move through the oceans in response to the forces exerted by the moon or sun. So, let’s read some fun facts about tides
Astronomer Seleucus was the first scientist to admit that tides were caused by the Moon.
The moon is the most important factor in the creation of tides because the sun’s gravitational force on the Earth is only 46 peper that of the moon.
The wavelength of a tidal wave is approximately 12,430 miles.
Tidal power is the most predictable of all the renewable energy sources we know.
The Moon also makes the tides of rocks 🗿
As we all know that the Moon is responsible for causing the tides of our oceans and seas on Earth, with the Sun, but as the Moon orbits the Earth it also causes a tide of rock to rise and fall in the same shocking way as it does with the water.
This is not so dramatic as with the oceans but it is a measurable effect, with the solid surface of the Earth moving by several centimetres.
A person would weigh too little on the Moon.
I know this is crazy but I want to ask that if you are on the moon.
what will be your weight?
As we know Moon has much weaker gravity than our Earth, due to its smaller mass, so you would weigh nearly about one-sixth (16.5%) of your weight on Earth.
This is why the lunar astronauts could jump so high in the air.
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