Updated: Jul 18
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.