Ever wonder as to why does the moon appear white to earthlings or how much time does the moon take to revolve around the Earth? I have an answer to all such thoughts that come while looking at the ceiling and wondering about craters of the moon. Here are some of the most interesting facts about the moon.
10 interesting facts about the moon
Rotation and Revolution around Earth
Interestingly or let’s say coincidentally the rotation and revolution period of the moon around the earth is approximately same. The moon orbits the Earth every 27.322 days and it takes 27 days to rotate on its own axis. As a result, it doesn’t seem to be spinning but looks like it is still.
No dark side of the moon
Since the moon is tidally locked to the Earth, only one side of the moon is visible even though both the sides receive an equal amount of sunlight. This is because the moon rotates around its axis in the same time it takes to orbit around the earth. The side that we see from Earth is reflected by sunlight and the dark side has only been seen by the human eye from a spacecraft. I believe I cleared your misconception about the dark side of the moon and made it one of the interesting facts about the moon.
Moon lacks the presence of an atmosphere
No atmosphere means no protection from asteroids, cosmic rays, comets, meteorites and this is the reason why the temperature on the moon has huge variations and has a lot of craters. Because of no atmospheric conditions, there is no sound on the moon and the sky is black.
Naming moon’s craters follow rules
How interesting this is, that moon’s craters follow rules for their names. About 300,000 craters are there on moon’s near side. These are named after scholars, scientists, artists, and explorers. For instance, Copernicus Crater is named after the scientist, Nicolaus Copernicus, who discovered that planets 0rbit the sun. Archimedes crater was named after the Greek mathematician Archimedes, who made many mathematical discoveries in the third century B.C. In 1645, Michale Van Langren started the custom of naming lunar formations. He gave names to the principal features of the moon after kings and great people on the Earth. 6 years later, Giovanni Battista removed the names given by Langren and instead derived names mainly from the famous astronomers. This fact interests me the most, what is yours. Keep reading to find out more such interesting facts about the moon.
The temperature range on the moon is huge
The temperature range at the lunar surface ranges from an extremely low minus 173 degrees Celsius at night to a very high 127 degrees Celsius in the daytime. In some of the deep craters of the moon which are near to the poles, the temperature is always near minus 240 degrees Celsius. This temperature can plunge about 300 degrees Celsius in less than 90 minutes during a lunar eclipse as the moon moves in the Earth’s shadow.
LT(Lunar time), yes the moon has its own time zone
Kenneth L. Franklin, who was for many years the chief astronomer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium, developed a system known as ‘lunar mean solar time’, or Lunar Time (LT). He visualised local lunar time zones to the standard time zones of Earth but based on meridians that are 12 degrees wide. A lunar hour was defined as a ‘lunour’ and there were more such introductions. For several years, a moon watch was kept at Hayden’s planetarium in a display case. Share such interesting facts about moon with your friends and shock them with your knowledge.
How many moons can match the brightness of the sun
The magnitude of the full moon with which it shines is -12.7, but the sun is 14 magnitudes brighter, at -26.7. The ratio of brightness of the sun versus the moon amounts to a difference of 398,110 to 1. It requires these many moons to equal the brightness of the sun. Certainly, this is debatable, because there is no way that you can fit that many full moons in the sky.
The sky is 360 degrees around (inclusive of the half that we cant see, below the horizon), which is 41,200 square degrees. Now, moon measures only a half degree across which gives it an area of 0.2 degrees. We can fill upto 206,000 moons in the entire sky including below the horizon which still is short by 192,110 (approximately) to equal sun’s brightness. If you also find any such interesting facts about the moon, please feel free to share.
A 95% illuminated moon appears half as bright as a full moon
Unbelievably, moon appears to be half as bright as the full moon about 2.4 dis before and after the full moon. Even though 95% of the moon is lit at this time.
The moon is slowly drifting away from the Earth
The moon moves approximately 3.8 cm away from the earth every year. And with the estimations, it will continue to do so for the next 50 billion years. By that time, it will take 47 days to orbit the earth instead of the current 27.3 days. Keep yourselves updated to know about such interesting facts about moon.
The moon was once used as a burial ground
No, not buried, but the ashes of the scientist of NASA, Eugene Shoemaker were scattered across the moon’s surface as it was his dying wish. This is one of the most interesting facts about moon so far.
Such interesting facts about the moon or maybe space can never fill my appetite at least. I would always want more and I believe your curiosity to learn about such things should never die. Make your child aware of such facts as well. Make him learn with home tutors for academics on this learning portal or just download this home tuition app to get a home tuition for almost every course.