This video is all about our planet’s only natural satellite, moon:
Earth has only one natural satellite, moon. It is formed about 4.6 billion years ago. It is also known as Luna. Moon is in synchronous rotation with earth. In 1959, the Soviet Lunar Program was the first unmanned mission to the moon and Luna 1 was the first spacecraft to reach to the moons. In 1969, Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to the moon. Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon.
Phases of moon: –
There are total 8 phases of moon: – New Moon, Waxing crescent, First quarter, Waxing gibbous, Full moon, Waning gibbous, Last quarter, Waning crescent
Fast Facts: –
- Moon has a diameter of 3,475 km. It is the fifth largest natural satellite in our solar system.
- Moon also experiences some shaking fits that are called moonquakes. These moonquakes can reach a magnitude of 5.5 on the Richter scale.
- The planet has about 181,437kg of manmade trash.
- This planet has darker shadows as compared to the earth.
- Moon has been used as a burial ground for NASA scientist Eugene Shoemaker.
- When he was alive, due to a minor medical problem, he was not able to visit the moon. As per his dying wish, NASA sent his ashes which have been scattered on moon’s surface.
- It is believed by some people that phases of moon affect people’s sleeping patterns.
- It is possible to tell time on the moon. The planet has its own time zone.
- Moon has magnetized rocks.
- Earth’s moon is the only moon in the entire solar system to have a stationary and almost circular orbit.
- Only 12 people have walked on the moon and all were American males.
- Surface of the moon is not protected from the cosmic rays because it does not have any atmosphere.