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Top 35 Amazing Facts About Moon | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. On average, the moon is 238,750 miles (384,400 km) from Earth, or about 30 Earth widths away.
  2. The moon’s diameter is about 1/4 the diameter of the Earth. Amazingly about 49 moons would fit inside the Earth.
  3. You would weigh about one sixth of your weight on Earth due to gravity difference.
  4. Amazing fact is that a compass would not work on the moon because it has no global magnetic field.
  5. Moon dust is said to smell like spent gunpowder. Lunar dust is fine, like a powder, but it cuts like glass. It’s formed when meteoroids crash on the moon’s surface, heating and pulverizing rocks and dirt, which contain silica and metals such as iron. Since there’s no wind or water to smooth rough edges, the tiny grains are sharp and jagged, and cling to nearly everything.
  6. Amazingly the earth rotates 1000 miles per hour. The moon rotates much slower at 10 miles per hour.
  7. A full day on the moon, from one sunrise to the next, lasts amazing 29.5 Earth days on average.
  8. From the moon, our Earth appears nearly four times larger than a full moon appears to us, and depending on the state of our atmosphere , shines anywhere from 45 to 100 times brighter than a full moon.
  9. Amazingly Earth never moves across the moon’s sky.
  10. There is no atmosphere and when someone utters something, the words won’t reach the next person’s ear. Amazingly the sky shall always appear black.
  11. The moon gets much hotter and much colder than Earth. Amazingly it can get up 260 degrees Fahrenheit and down to minus-280 degrees Fahrenheit due to lack of atmosphere.
  12. The moon doesn’t actually become larger on the horizon. That’s an optical illusion.
  13. Only one side of the Moon is ever seen from Earth . This is because the Moon rotates around on its own axis in exactly the same time it takes to orbit the Earth, meaning the same side is always facing the Earth. The side we see is lit by reflected sunlight, while the side facing away from Earth lies in darkness and has amazingly only been seen by the human eye from a spacecraft.
  14. The rise and fall of the tides on Earth is caused by the Moon. There are two bulges in the Earth due to the gravitational pull that the Moon exerts; one on the side facing the Moon, and the other on the opposite side that faces away from the Moon, The bulges move around the oceans as the Earth rotates, causing high and low tides around the globe.
  15. Amazing fact is that an eclipse of the moon for us is an eclipse of the sun from the moon.
  16. Our moon is the only moon in the solar system that has an amazing  near-perfect circular orbit.
  17. The Moon has only been walked on by 12 people; all American males. The first man to set foot on the Moon in 1969 was Neil Armstrong on the Apollo 11 mission, while the last man to walk on the Moon in 1972 was Gene Cernan on the Apollo 17 mission.
  18. The amazing fact is that the original tapes of the Apollo 11 moon landing were erased and re-used by mistake.
  19. When Alan Sheppard was on the moon, he hit a golf ball and drove it  amazing  2,400 feet, nearly one half a mile.
  20. The Apollo missions brought back 2196 rock samples weighing 382 kg in total.
  21. It is estimated that there’s about 180,000 kilograms (about 400,000 lbs) of man-made materials lying around the Moon.
  22. Lunar Roving Vehicles (LRV) were designed by Boeing. These vehicles drove for a distance of 56 miles during the three Apollo missions.
  23. The moon’s core is just 2-4% of its mass, whereas Earth’s core is about 30% of its mass.
  24. On November 20, 1969, the Apollo 12 crew jettisoned the lunar module ascent stage causing it to crash onto the moon. The LM’s impact (about 40 miles from the Apollo 12 landing site) created an artificial moonquake with the moon reverberating like a bell for more than an hour.This phenomenon was repeated with Apollo 13 with even more startling results. Seismic instruments recorded that the reverberations lasted for three hours and twenty minutes and traveled to a depth of twenty-five miles, leading to the conclusion that the moon has an unusually light or even no core.
  25. Amazing fact is that just twenty seconds worth of fuel remained when Apollo 11’s lunar module landed on the moon.
  26. An average desktop computer holds five to 10 times more computing power than what was used to land a man on the moon. In fact even your mobile phone has amazingly more computing power than it.
  27. Twelve people have walked on the moon but the last time was 1972 so it’s now been over 42 years since anyone has stepped foot on the moon.
  28. Other than the Earth, the moon is the only other known natural astrological object ever walked on.
  29. All the American flags placed on the moon are now white due to Sun’s radiation.
  30. When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon, they honored soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin by leaving behind one of his medals.
  31. Amazing fact is that the scientists know more about the surface of the Moon than Earth’s own ocean floor.
  32. The Earth’s moon is referred as “the Moon”, with a capital “M”. Other moons of other planets are given a lowercase “m” to show the difference.
  33. It would take brightness of 4,00,000 moons to equal the brightness of the Sun.
  34. Amazing fact is that the beautiful symmetry of a total solar eclipse happens because by pure chance, the sun is 400 times larger than the moon, but is also 400 times farther from Earth, making the two bodies appear the exact same size in the sky.
  35. A full moon is nine times brighter than a half moon. A full moon always rises at sunset.

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