Interesting facts About the Moon

What we will cover

  • What the Moon is made of.
  • How the Moon was made.
  • How the moon orbits 
  • Lunar Phases in detail 
  • The Biggest Moon in Our Solar System

 

Is the Moon made out of Cheese?

The Moon is not made out of Cheese. Although I'm sure, there's some conspiracy saying it the Moon is made of Cheese. 

What resources are on the Moon?

The Moon is made out of many elements, on the surface alone there, oxygen (O), silicon (Si), iron (Fe), magnesium (Mg), calcium (Ca), aluminum (Al), manganese (Mn), and titanium (Ti). There are many more elements, but we're covering the most abundant aspects.

How was the Moon made? 

The most widely accepted theory is the Giant Impact Theory. About 4.5 billion years ago. Earth collated with another early planet about the size of Mars & the leftover debris began to orbit earth which overtime formed our beloved Moon about 239,000 miles from us. Surprisingly, about 2 billion years ago, the Moon was covered in magma. But with lots of time, the Moon cooled. Today the Moon is just full of dust & craters. All these craters came from asteroids, meteoroids, & comets. 

How does the moon orbit? 

The Moon travels about 2,288 mph & takes about 27 days to complete one trip around the earth. But if you observe the Moon, it will appear to take 29 days. 

earth images from moon

Lunar Phases in detail

As the moon orbits, we see eight lunar stages. The New moon is the first lunar phase; the new moon occurs when the Moon and Sun have the same ecliptic longitude. The Waxing Crescent transitions to the meridian before sunset and sets before midnight. First Quarter rises at noon, transits to the meridian at sunset and sets at midnight. Waxing means that it is getting bigger, and Gibbs has to do with the shape being less than the full moon. The Waning Gibbous appear to be a half lighted moon (this is the moon you see in the morning). The Last Quarter Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. Sometimes called an old moon, the Waning Crescent moon is visible in the east before dawn. When it's out each day, the moon shows us less and less of its lighted side.

 

How Big is the Moon?

The moon is about one-fourth of the size of Earth. The moon is about the fifth-largest natural satellite in our solar system. The moon's mean radius is 1,079.6 miles or 1,737.5 kilometers. The moon's surface area is about 14.6 million square miles or about 38 million square kilometers. That may sound like a lot, but that's smaller than ASIA. 

What is the Biggest Moon in Our Solar System

The biggest moon in the Solar System is the moon of Jupiter. Jupiter's moon is called Ganymede. Ganymede is so big that it's 26% larger than Mercury. Ganymede is named after Ganymede in the story he was a mortal in Greek Mythology, who was a divine hero & the most beautiful of mortals. 

 ganymede is a moon of which planet

Conclusion 

The moon is made out of

  • oxygen
  • silicone
  • iron
  • magnesium
  • calcium
  • aluminum
  • magnesium
  • titanium

Luna (the moon) was formed roughly 4.5 billion years ago because earth collided with another planet as debris began to orbit the earth. When it comes to orbiting it takes 27 days for the moon to go around once. The moon has eight lunar phases the new moonwaxing crescentfirst quarterwaxing gibbousfull moonwaning gibbous, third quarter and waning crescent.

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

The biggest moon in our Solar System is Ganymede. Which is 26% then Mercury. Ganymede orbits Jupiter.  

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 https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2767841459385142222

https://answersingenesis.org/astronomy/solar-system/the-heavens-declare-a-young-solar-system/

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