Moon Magic and the Sea of Tranquility

Moon

Almost everyone likes to look up at the moon and enjoy the moon’s magic. But how much does anyone really know about that celestial body? In case anyone reading wants to learn more about our planet’s personal satellite, here are ten facts about the wonderful moon above. All the information has been collected from NASA.

1.) There are exactly 12 humans that have actually walked on the moon. Of course Neil Armstrong was the very first way back in 1969. Others include Buzz Aldrin, and Alan Bean who was part of the Apollo 12 space mission. A little known fact related to the weather about that space launch was that lightning ended up striking the Apollo spacecraft two different times after it was in space and it temporarily had power knocked out of it.

2.) The moon gets a lot hotter and also much colder than Earth. It sometimes gets up to 260 degrees Fahrenheit and other times goes down to minus-280 degrees Fahrenheit.

3.) Since the moon does not have any kind of air circulating around it,  that makes it so much more prone to greater temperature extremes.

4.) It takes the moon about one full month to orbit around the Earth. The lunar cycle will complete a full revolution in about 27 days, but it takes two and one half more days; for a total of 29.5 to get from one new moon to the next.

5.) Every full moon has its own name. Such as September was the Harvest Moon. A nice late spring/early summer name is the Strawberry Moon which belongs to the full moon of June and then there is the Thunder moon which is named for the full moon in July.

6.) There is part of the moon called the Sea of Tranquility, even though there is no water to be found. This fallacy came from Galileo, who was the first person that looked into the night sky with a telescope and studied it. Even after this was invalidated, the name had already caught on and so it stuck.

7.) The moon has some gravity. This means that objects would not float away if one were to drop them on the moon’s surface. Since the moon is smaller and therefore has less mass than the Earth, the moon only has one sixth of the Earth’s gravity at its surface. That also means a person would weigh less on the moon.

8.) The moon is not shaped in a perfect round orb. It seems to be more of an egg-shape. That is what NASA says, and it has its larger end aimed toward Earth.

9.) The moon does not really grow larger when it is sitting on the horizon. That is just an optical illusion, which is basically called moon deception, which is playing tricks on a person’s eyes.

10.) Even though there is not any kind of weather on the moon, there does exist ice. NASA believes that it has come from various comets striking the moon at different points in time.

A lot of the above facts are fairly well known but others may not be. Whatever one’s knowledge of the moon, it is still fascinating to gaze at, and hopefully enjoy some of that moon magic.

Written by: Kimberly Ruble

NASA

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One Response to "Moon Magic and the Sea of Tranquility"

  1. Jim   July 20, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    “A little known fact related to the weather about that space launch was that lightning ended up striking the Apollo spacecraft two different times after it was in space and it temporarily had power knocked out of it.”

    There’s lightning in space?

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