The moon can be mysterious, beautiful and interesting. The moon is about 239,000 miles from Earth and many of us are in awe of it as it changes from night to night. There have been many myths about the moon and sometimes true facts are even crazier.
Here are some amazing facts about the moon.
1. There’s trash on the moon
Humans trash a lot of things, including the moon. There is 200 tons of trash left on the moon! Most of it is space junk but some of it was left behind by astronauts. Some trash on the moon includes satellites, rockets, cameras, golf balls, backpacks, and even the ashes of a dead scientist.
2. The moon may disappear one day
Every year, the moon’s orbit moves four centimeters away from Earth. It doesn’t seem like much, but over time the moon will be farther and farther away. If the Earth is around long enough, the moon could disappear.
3. There are new footprints on the moon
Despite the fact that humans haven’t been on the moon in over 40 years, there are still fresh footprints on the moon’s surface. What does that mean? The footprints are actually still those same human footprints from years ago. There is no wind or water on the moon so these tracks can last millions of years unless they are removed.
4. Can’t sleep? It could be a full moon
If you have a hard time sleeping during a full moon, you’re not crazy. A study in Switzerland showed that you may experience less deep sleep and have a harder time falling asleep during the full moon. Research suggests that the bright light of a full moon could affect your internal body clock, making it harder to fall asleep.
5. What is a blood moon?
The moon can turn a creepy shade of red and it really freaked people out. But, the blood moon isn’t any kind of paranormal event. It just happens when the Earth casts an orange-red shadow on the moon’s surface. Nothing to be afraid of, but it sure looks cool!
6. There are moonquakes
Just like earthquakes on Earth, the moon experiences moonquakes from time to time. Moonquakes can happen when meteorites strike or when the lunar crust warms and expands. They aren’t normally as intense as earthquakes but they can last much longer.
7. The moon has its own time zone
Time is measured very differently on the moon. It is called “Lunar Standard Time” and one year on the moon is divided into twelve “days”, which are about a month long in Earth time. If that isn’t confusing enough, the days are divided into 30 cycles, then divided into hours, minutes and seconds. The calendar started when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and the days are named after other astronauts who walked on the moon too.
8. The moon experiences crazy temperature ranges
The moon has intense temperatures, both hot and cold. It can be as high as 200 degrees Fahrenheit to as low as -400 degrees Fahrenheit. Yikes, not exactly suitable for life on the moon!
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