Moon is one of the earth’s most amazing spectacles. It is also the earth’s only natural satellite. Scientists believed that moon was formed about 4.6 billion years ago i.e. 30-50 million years after the formation of the solar system.
Moon has one side always facing the earth. We have full moon when it is on the opposite side of the earth from the sun which causes its face to be fully illuminated by the sun’s light.
It is interesting to know that moon is one of the main driving forces behind the earth’s oceanic tides and also the tides that lift up dry land. In 1969, Apollo II became the first manned mission to moon following the first unmanned mission by the Soviet Lunar Program to the moon in 1959.
It is unfortunate that we don’t get to see the moon or make use of it like the ancients did. Nowadays, we are covered by skyscrapers and civilization. However, the moon still remains one of the most amazing objects on our planet.
If you will like to read other amazing facts about the moon, keep on reading. Below, we have listed some mind-blowing moon facts you did not know before now.
Top 10 Amazing Facts About the Moon That Will Blow You Away
1. Moon Doesn’t Actually Have a Dark Side
Most people believed that the other side of the moon is the dark side. Unfortunately, this is just a myth. This is because both sides of the Moon see the same amount of sunlight. However, only one side faces the earth and that’s the side we are seeing.
The other side of the Moon that is facing away from the earth has only been seen from a spacecraft.
2. You Will Weigh Less On the Moon
Moon has a smaller mass which results to much-weaker gravity than earth. What this means is that when you are on the moon, you will weigh just about one-sixth of your weight on earth.
This is the reason why scientists who visit the moon (lunar astronauts) are able to leap and bound so high in the air.
3. Only 12 People Have Walked on the Moon
In 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon while Gene Cernan, another American, become the last man to walk on the moon. There has not been any manned vision to the moon since the last mission by Gene. (Neil went on Apollo mission while Gene on the Apollo 17 mission).
4. The Moon Continues to Drift Away from the Earth
Every year, the moon continues to get approximately 3.8cm away from our planet. Scientists believed that this will continue to happen until the next 50 billion years. During this time, it will take moon 47 days to complete orbiting the earth instead of the current 27.3 days.
5. The Moon Causes the Rise and Fall of the Tides on Earth
The moon exerts a gravitational pull that causes two bulges in the earth. One of these bulges is located on the side facing the moon while the other one is on the opposite side that faces away from the moon. As the earth rotates, the bulges move around the ocean thereby causing high and low tides around the globe.
6. United States Government Considered Detonating a Nuclear Bomb On the Moon
One amazing fact that will blow your mind is that the US government actually considered detonating a nuclear bomb on the moon in the 1950’s. This was during the height of cold war known as “A Study of Lunar Research Flights”. The secret project was also known as “Project A119”. The United States government was lagging behind in the space race at the time and they considered detonating a nuclear bomb on the moon “a show of strength”.
7. The Moon Has No Atmosphere
There is no atmosphere on the moon which implies that it is unprotected from the cosmic rays, solar winds, and meteorites. It has huge temperature variations. Since there is no atmosphere on the moon, it means the sky always appears black and no sound can be heard on the moon.
8. The Moon Has its Own Time Zone
The timezone we use on earth is completely different from the one used on the moon. Moon time zone is known as “lunar mean solar time” was developed by a scientist known as Kenneth L. Franklin.
9. You Will Need 398,110 Moons to Get the Brightness of the Sun
It is a common knowledge that the sun is far brighter than the moon. However, the amazing fact you don’t know is that it would take hundreds of thousands of moon to get the exact brightness of the sun. The ratio of the brightness of the sun versus the moon results in a difference of 398,110 to 1. This implies you would need 398,110 moons to get the brightness of the sun.
10. The Moon Will Be Visited By Man in 2019
According to a new plan by NASA, astronauts will return to the moon in 2019 to set up a permanent space station. Serious preparations are currently going on to make this a reality. If it all goes according to the plan, mankind will once again walk on the moon very soon.
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