International Observe Moon Night: Things You Should Know About The Earth's Moon

First Posted: Oct 10, 2016 05:40 AM EDT

The International Observe Moon Night was held last October 8, 2016, in which people viewed the Earth's moon in some planetariums and museums. These include the Murry J Frank Planetarium, Roper Mountain Science Center, Lafayette Science Museum Center, and Smithsonian, National Air and Space Museum, among others.

People had done many activities on the International Observe Moon Night. At Murry J Frank Planetarium, they viewed the moon and took cell phone photos of the moon using their telescopes. They also had lunar face painting, spotted the Apollo landing sites, Lunar presentation, Night Sky Presentation Under the Dome, and much more.

Meanwhile, besides the International Observe Moon Night you can know more about the Earth's moon with the following information provided by NASA:

  • Earth's moon is the fifth largest moon in the solar system. It is the only place beyond Earth where humans have walked.
  • When you compare the size of the sun, Earth and the moon, the sun could be as tall as a typical front door, the Earth would be as the size of a nickel. Meanwhile, the Earth's moon would be the size of a green pea. The moon is less than a third of the width of the Earth.
  • The moon has no moons and no rings.
  • The moon orbits around Earth in 27 Earth days and rotates or spins at that same rate or in the same amount of time. This makes the earth's moon keep the same side or face towards Earth in the course of its orbit.
  • The Earth's moon is about 238,855 miles (384,400 kilometers) away from the earth. This means about 30 Earth-sized planets could fit in between the moon and the Earth. Every year, the moon is gradually moving away from Earth by an inch.
  • The moon cannot support life because it has a weak atmosphere and lacks water.
  • There were about twelve human beings who have walked on the rocky surface of the moon. There were also over 100 spacecraft that have been launched to explore the moon.

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