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July 20, 2023, is National Moon Day!

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

The moon has always held a certain place in our hearts and imaginations, from ancient myths and traditions to contemporary scientific findings. There is something genuinely beautiful about the moon, whether you are a stargazer, an astronomer, or just someone who loves the majesty of the universe.

Did you know these amazing facts about the moon?

  • Mountains, enormous craters, and flat lava-filled planes known as "seas" can be found on the moon's surface.

  • To complete its orbit around the Earth, the Moon must travel the full distance in 27.3 days.

  • The Moon does not generate its own light, despite how brightly it appears in the night sky. We can only see it because it reflects the sunlight.

  • On the Moon, the temperature ranges from extremely hot to extremely frigid! Temperatures on its surface can rise as high as 127°C when the Sun shines on it. However, when the Sun "sets," temperatures can fall as low as -153°C.

  • The gravity of the Moon is only a sixth of that of the Earth.

  • On its surface, there is about 2 inches of dust.

  • While the moon revolves around the Earth, it is also spinning.

  • The moon orbits the Earth in about 29 days. Your perception of it changes because it is based on the moon's position.

  • Earth's tides are produced by the moon. High tide occurs on the side of the Earth closest to the moon because of the moon's gravitational effect on the oceans.

  • The moon is completely wind- and rain-free. Therefore, the footsteps that the astronauts from Apollo 11 left behind are still visible today!

  • The moon has a mountain of its own! Mons Huygens is roughly 16,000 feet tall and is slightly bigger than Mt. Everest.

  • The moon is moving away from Earth at a rate of roughly 1.5 inches per year. That implies that in a few million years, our view of our lunar neighbor will be very different!

  • Earth could fit roughly 49 moons inside of it.

Stargazing is a fantastic way to celebrate National Moon Day. Locate a location with a clear sky and low light pollution, and, if you have them, bring a telescope or binoculars. On the surface of the moon, look for craters, mountains, and other features. You might even catch a glimpse of a few shooting stars if you're lucky!

Making crafts with a lunar theme is another enjoyable way to celebrate. A replica of the Apollo spacecraft, a painting of the lunar terrain, or a paper-mache moon are just a few suggestions. Enjoy yourself and use your imagination!

If you want to celebrate in a more leisurely manner, consider seeing a moon documentary. Discover the past of space exploration, watch the moon landing, or investigate the prospects for lunar exploration. It's a terrific method to develop a greater understanding of our nearest heavenly neighbor.

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