Things to Know About Our Moon
While we have gotten used to the presence of the moon during night time, we still don’t know a lot of things about it. We do have a lot of cool moon facts and there remains to be a lot of things to be explored in the moon.
Man has sent out several explorations to the moon, so we can get to know our one and only natural satellite. Considered as the fifth largest moon in the solar system our moon is 238857 miles away from the Earth. There are a lot of mountains on the moon, which is to say it’s just like the Earth. Its tallest peak is named Mon Huygens and is said to be only half as tall as the Mt. Everest in Nepal.
Gravity is always part of the cool moon facts. Basing it on the experience of astronauts and the studies of experts, gravity is only one fifth in strength on the surface of the moon. Compared to the gravity we experience here on earth, we weigh less when we are on the moon. Because of lack of gravity, the people we see who are walking on the moon may look like they are hopping.
The first successful moon exploration and landing happened in 1969. The Apollo 11 mission, which was launched by the United States carried the first man to ever set foot on the surface of the moon. The space rocket carried Neil Armstrong making him the first man to ever set foot on the moon.
Even from afar, we always see the moon’s surface as pockmarked. When comets and asteroids collide with the moon’s surface, it leaves huge craters. Because the moon doesn’t have any atmosphere, these objects create a huge impact when they hit the moon.
The scarcity of water on the moon is one of the cool moon facts that the majority of scientists agree on. Because of the lack of water, it would be difficult for man to start a new life on the moon. Additionally, the temperature on the moon is very extreme.
Temperature on the moon during daytime is so hot that it is even past the boiling point of water. During day time, temperature can reach up to 107 degrees Celsius and it becomes abnormally cold at night. At night, one can also freeze to death as the temperature can dip up to -153 degrees Celsius in no time.
We have a lot of cool moon facts and trivia and the list continues to grow as we continue to explore its surface. While there remains to be a lot of things to discover about our natural satellite, one thing is for certain: the moon certainly has bearing on how we lead our lives.
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