Moon Facts

Moon Facts
The Moon is the Earth's natural satellite. In fact, it is Earths only natural satellite. It orbits the Earth and also orbits around itself. Because its orbit around itself and the Earth takes the same amount of time, we always see the same side of the Moon.
Interesting Moon Facts:
The Moon takes 27.3 days to orbit the Earth.
Of all the moons in our Solar System, our moon is the fifth largest.
On average, the Moon is 384,403 kilometers away from Earth.
There is a mountain on the Moon that is 4,700 meters high.
The side of the Moon that we do not see is often called the dark side even though it does receive sunlight.
The first successful attempt to land an unmanned spacecraft on the Moon occurred in 1966.
Neil Armstrong was the first person to step foot on the Moon.
The Moon's surface contains craters due to comets and asteroids that have hit its surface.
The average surface temperature of the Moon during the day is 107 degrees Celsius or 224.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Moon is about 4.5 million years old.
Since there is no wind on the Moon, footprints left by humans almost 50 years ago are still there untouched.
The Moon does not have an atmosphere.
The position of the Earth and Moon in relation to the Sun is why the Moon appears to change shape in the sky.
The change in the appearance of the Moon is called Moon Phases.
There are 8 main phases of the moon: new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter, and waning crescent.

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