You probably look up at it every night, but do you even realize how awesome the moon is?
Whether you’re interested in a career at NASA or can just appreciate the beauty of outer space, you have to admit that the moon is a pretty awesome sight. But did you know these crazy facts about the moon?
1. The length of a day on the moon is 708 hours.
From sunrise to sunrise, the moon has 684 more hours than a day on Earth. This is called a lunar day. I’ll save you some time on math – that’s 29.5 Earth days for it’s synodic period. Compared to the stars, the moon takes 27 Earth days to complete its orbit, but it has to travel further than the Earth around the sun so it takes longer to get to the same position. This is why every 29 days or so, we see a full moon.
2. The moon is 238,855 miles away from Earth.
…And it’s slowly moving farther away every day. When the moon formed, it was only separated from Earth by 14,000 miles.
3. The moon’s temperature varies greatly.
Unlike Earth where the difference in temperature during the day and night are minimal, the moon experiences crazy leaps and dips. The average temperature on the moon hits -298 degrees Fahrenheit (-183 degrees Celsius) at night, then spikes to 224 degrees Fahrenheit (106 degrees Celsius) during the day. This is because the moon has no real atmosphere to stop the sun’s rays or help trap heat.
4. A total of 12 people have walked on the moon’s surface.
Everyone knows Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, but the ten other men who have walked on the moon were Pete Conrad, Alan Bean, Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, David Scott, James Irwin, John Young, Charles Duke, Eugene Cernan, and Harrison Schmitt. However, the last moon walk occurred all the way back in 1972.