Interesting Facts About the Moon

Interesting Facts About the Moon

1) The Moon is the fifth-largest natural satellite in the Solar System, and the largest among planetary satellites relative to the size of the planet that it orbits.

2) The Moon is in synchronous rotation with Earth. Its near side is marked by large dark plains (volcanic ‘maria’) that fill the spaces between the bright ancient crustal highlands and the prominent impact craters.

3)Its gravitational influence produces the ocean tides, body tides, and the slight lengthening of the day.​

4) The Sun and the Moon are not the same size.

5) The Moon is 400 times smaller than the Sun, but also 400 times closer to Earth.

6) There is water on the Moon! Ice trapped within dust and minerals on and under the surface. It has been detected on areas of the lunar surface that are in permanent shadow and are therefore very cold, enabling the ice to survive.