We've all seen that big and shiny disco ball in the sky that we call the moon, but how much do you really know about it. Well here are seven common misc-conceptions and strange facts about our moon. Let's see how much of this you guys and girls know.
1. How far is the moon really from the Earth?
When you walk out at night during a full moon – or really anytime the moon is visible – and it seems to follow you, you know that this is just because it is really far away, but how far exactly? You knowthe moon is pretty big, but that it’s not bigger the Earth. Say you had a ball to represent Earth and a marble for the moon, would the moon be right next to the Earth, 1 Earth diameter away, 2 Earths away, 5 even? In reality the average distance the moon is from the Earth is about 30 Earths away. That’s nowhere close to what most of you probably would think; certainly my peers didn’t think so. Now you may wonder why those moon and earth diagrams lied to you, or perhaps why they didn’t put a “not drawn to scale” on it.
2. What color is the Moon?
We can all see that big glowing circle in the sky at night, but have you stopped to think if that wasn’t its real color. The moon is only visible at night because it reflects the sun’s light back to earth so that we can see it, but it always gives the moon a heavenly glow. But what is its real true color? In reality if the Earth and the moon were placed in the same lighting than the moon would appear grayish like asphalt.
Fun facts time
You will only ever see 59% of the moon, why the extra 9%? You see the moon spins on an axis which means it will appear to wobble from the Earth’s perspective allowing inhabitants of the Earth to see more of one side of the moon on any given day, and as the moon wobbles back and forth we will eventually see more then 50% of the moon; however, you will not be able to see more then 50% of the moon at a time.
3. What are Blue Moons?
When people say there is a blue moon out today or ‘once in a blue moon’ it doesn’t mean the moon is going to be blue. But instead it just refers to the moon being full more than once a month, the second full moon is called a blue moon.
4. Does the Moon have gravity?
I was flabbergasted to find out that some people didn’t know whether or not the moon had gravity. The short and simple answer is ‘yes’, really anything with mass will have its own gravity, including you. Even that speck of dust floating in your room,
In fact the moon’s gravity is about 16% as strong as the Earths, meaning your weight will be 84% lower and you will fall 84% slower. The lower gravity will allow you to jump much higher – as long as you aren’t constrained by equipment – throw things farther; if I were there on a station, than I would have a good time.
On January 31st 1971, upon the landing of the 3rd mission to the moon Apollo 14, Alan Shepard teed off a gold ball miles and miles on the moon. It is possible the gold ball on the moon’s 84% lower gravity and lack of air-resistance may have travel 2.5 miles
5. Are the phases of the moon caused by Earth’s shadow?
No they are not; this is another common misconception about the moon. Instead the different phases are caused by a number of different factors. The motion of both the moon around the Earth and the Earth’s motion around the sun. Half of the Earth and half of the moon will only be visible at any time, so the ‘phases’ of the moon seen from Earth are caused by a combination of all of these factors.
6. How was the moon born?
Last but not least a video of how the Moon was initially formed (currently best scientific theory) in which a small proto-planet smashed into our newly born lava covered Earth and spewed material into space and forming the moon. The theory is also known as the ‘Giant Impact Theory’, which is shown in the video below.
7. How did the moon get its craters
Here in depths follow up on the evolution of the moon and how it got its craters. Video by NASA
So, how'd you folks do, how much did you end up knowing and what did you learn. Please leave it in the comments below. Farewell guys.