The moon

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Submitted: December 10, 2018

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Submitted: December 10, 2018



The Moon


The moon looks like a small round rock in the sky but it is actually 3, 474 km in diameter. When you look at the moon in the night from Earth, it is the brightest object in the sky but it actually doesn't produce any light. Moonlight is sunlight bouncing off the moon's surface onto the Earth's surface.


We can see the moon because the sunlight reflects of the moon's surface onto the Earth.


The geographical features of the moon are all the craters and the old volcanoes including Mare Crisium, Aristarchus and Reiner.


The moon does have an atmosphere consisting of some unusual gases, including sodium and potassium, which are not found in the atmospheres of Earth, Mars or Venus.


The moon's surface is covered with dead volcanoes, impact craters, and lava flows.


The moon is 384 400 km away from the Earth.


It takes 27 days for the moon to orbit the Earth while the Earth takes 365 days to orbit the sun. The difference is 338 days.


A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are exactly or very closely aligned, with Earth between the other two. A lunar eclipse can occur only on the night of a full moon.


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