Top 10 Moon Facts That you Don’t Know!
Top 10 Moon Facts That you Don’t Know!
It is almost never the same, as it changes phases almost every day and it looks stunning in its position in our night sky; Luna our Earth’s only moon. The moon is the brightest thing in the night sky but it is barely visible in the daytime. Without it we would not be able to live the way we live today because of the many different effects the Moon has on how we live our everyday lives, without us even knowing it. Here are 10 fun and interesting facts about the moon that are out of this world.
Waves, they are the most amazing forces of the ocean with which you can surf on them, or harness their strength into green energy, they affect our seasons; but the truth is that without the moon we would not have waves and in turn so many amazing things we do with them would be impossible. The moon also effects the length of our days without it they would only be 6 hours long so you would be in school for the rest of your life. What could we do without the moon?
We all think that the Americans were the first to land on the moon(assuming the landings were not faked) but in truth it was the USSR. While the USSR did not land a man on the moon before the Americans it was the first to land an unmanned spacecraft in 1959 while Apollo 11 landed with Neil Armstrong on July 21st 1969 A decade later.
The moon; where did this thing come from or has it always been there? everything comes from something right? Throughout the centuries there have been many theories to the origin of where the moon came from, but there is one theory in particular that stands out from the rest. About 4 billion years ago an asteroid about the size of Mars(which is half the size of earth) collided with the earth while it was still a ball of molten lava and released matter in the air which eventually solidified and made the moon which is still there thanks to Earth’s gravitational field.
The moon is made of cheese! Nah it’s not, that’s just a common misconception, while it sure looks like it is, that’s due to the lack of an atmosphere which causes asteroids to land at their full force. The Moons lacking of an atmosphere means that in other words it has no protection from meteors which is the reason why it has so many craters and why it looks like Swiss cheese. Good thing Earth has an atmosphere or we would not be here.
The Cold War space race was mainly between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. so it comes as no surprise that they did not only intend to explore the moon but to use it as a strategic military base of which enemies could be attacked from outer space. America’s project horizon intended to use the moon to do nuclear mission tests with two nuclear power generators and twelve American soldiers, it was to be operational by 1966 with an expected 6 billion dollar cost. It would have also been used as a surveillance station, as if there wasn’t enough surveillance in the world already. Well where is it then, you ask? The project was deemed to dangerous and shut down; or at least that’s what they say……
Come and join the dark side…. of the moon. The Earth rotates around itself and so does the Moon. So basically the moon rotates around itself in addition to orbiting the Earth which also rotates around itself and orbits the sun which also rotates around itself and then the entire solar system orbits the milky way(the galaxy in which we live in) if you don’t believe me, look it up. Anyways back to the moon; due to the earth and the moon rotating at different speeds with each maintaining their own separate orbits, we tend to only see one side of the moon; hence the conspiracies about the dark side of the moon, but really there is nothing there, just more craters.
The moon is our only natural satellite, and it has always been the brightest thing in our night sky, well that’s just not true, the moon has a smaller sister. In 1999 a few scientists spotted a 5km wide (3 mile wide) asteroid that orbits the earth, the main difference between this moon to the real moon is that it takes about 770 years to complete its orbit and is speculated to stay there for the next 5,000 years assuming humanity lives that long.
The moons relationship status is complicated. Yeah that’s right you know all those things the moon does for us that we are completely ungrateful for, well it is inching away from the earth every year inch by inch and it’s just not sure how to break up with us yet. Scientists believe that the Moon was once 14,000 miles away ( or 22,530km) and it is currently residing at 280,000 miles away (or 450,000 km away); all that in just 4.5 billion years according to my calculations, we still have a very very long time with our beloved moon.
Living on the moon seems like a great idea considering you would have a high-speed internet connection of 19mbps. Sadly though 1 day on the moon would cost you 29.5 earth days; that’s almost an entire month and that’s just from sunrise to sunset. Good luck, though no man or woman has been on the moon in over 40 years; however you are free to take a 6 month road trip going at 60MPH ( or 95km/h).
Ever wonder why Pluto isn’t considered a planet anymore apart from the fact that it is smaller than every planet in our solar system. It is also smaller than the moons in our solar system. Pluto is smaller than earths’ moon and our moon is one third of our planets total size.