Moon Facts

*Moon Facts gathered from National Geographic Kids and

-The average distance from the Moon to the Earth is 384403 kilometers (238857 miles)

-The Moon orbits the Earth every 27.3 days

-It is the 5th largest moon in the solar system

-The first person to set foot on the Moon was Neil Armstrong

-The effect of gravity is only about one fifth (17%) as strong on the surface of the Moon compared to the strength of gravity on the surface of the Earth

-The Earth’s tides are largely caused by the gravitational pull of the Moon

-The phases of the Moon are New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter & Wanging Crescent.

-The Moon is a dusty ball of rock, measuring 3,476km in diameter - that’s roughly a quarter of the size of Earth

-The Moon is Earth’s only natural satellite - a celestial body that orbits a planet

-Although the Moon shines bright in the night sky, it doesn’t produce its own light. We see the Moon because it reflects light from the Sun

Moon Wish Hill  - Isolated.png