75 Interesting Facts About the Moon for Kids

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Kids simply love the moon! Small kids often get excited when they hear about the moon and they think moon and stars are their friends as their parents and grandparents tell them so many fascinating stories about the moon. So, Let us learn some interesting moon facts that will surely lighten up your kid today.

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75 Interesting Moon Facts for Kids

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  • The moon was formed about 4.6 billion years ago
  • The concept that the moon is round in shape is totally wrong whereas it is egg-shaped
  • The large end of the moon is pointing towards the earth.
  • The moon is larger than the Pluto.
  • The moon is an astronomical body which orbits our planet earth.
  • The different phases of the moon which are seen throughout a month is due to the rotation of the moon around the earth.
  • The different phase of the moon are the new moon, crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, last quarter, crescent, and newmoon.
  • The moon rotates around the earth in its orbit.
  • We see it in phases because it reflects back the sunlight.
  • The moon has an axis for its rotation.
  • It takes about 27 days for the moon to rotate on its axis.
  • The moon is spinning around the earth but when we see from down the earth it appears to be still.
  • The moon is the one and the only satellite of the earth.
  • In the solar system, it is the fifth largest moon.
  • 12 men have stepped on the moon.
  • The fascinating fact is all were American males.
  • An astronaut footprint or any other mark can last for millions of years on the moon.
  • According to the moon, the earth does not move across the moon’s
  • There is no water and wind present on the moon.
  • Regolith that is crushed and powdered rock is the surface covered on the entire moon.
  • The first aircraft to land on the moon was Luna1 in 1956.
  • After Luna1, Luna2 in 1959 was the first probe to reach the moon.
  • The astronaut Apollo crews when went on the moon and collected 850 pounds (385kg) rocks and soil of the moon and brought to the earth.
  • The lunar south part is the coldest part of the solar system
  • It is also said that the southern part is colder than the Pluto.
  • The moon is approx. 238,750 miles away from the earth.
  • The distance of the moon from the earth changes with apogee (far away) and perigee (nearby) position of the moon.
  • The moon is 14% large in size in the perigee position.
  • The far side of the moon looks different due to lack of maria.
  • One of an interesting moon fact for kids is that it is formed due to the giant impact of the giant whack earth with a giant size planet, according to the scientists.
  • There are mountains present on the moon taller than the height of Mt. Everest.
  • The tallest mountain on the moon is Mons Huygens.
  • The effect of gravity on the moon is 17% as that the effect of the gravity on the earth.
  • The mass of the moon is .0123 of the earth
  • The first spacecraft landed on the moon in the year 1966.
  • The most common moon fact is that Neil Armstrong was the first person to land on the moon.
  • A large number of impact craters from comets is featured by the surface of the moon.
  • Linne crater is the most beautifully preserved young mere crater
  • The moon is hot during the day and cold at night.
  • The temperature on the moon varies between -200 degree to more than 200 degrees.
  • The average temperature during the daytime is 107 degree Celsius
  • At night, the average temperature becomes 153 degree Celsius.
  • There is a large variation in the temperature of the moon because it is not protected by cosmic rays.
  • The gravitational pull of the moon causes tides on the earth.
  • The tides occur when it is in perigee position
  • In apogee position the weather and the tides are predictable.
  • When the moon is between the sun and the moon lunar eclipse is seen.
  • The moon has a light core of about 2-4% of its mass.
  • 2,159 miles is the diameter of the moon.
  • The diameter is ¼ of the earth.
  • The moonquakes originate below the moon surface as per the scientists.
  • The earth rotation many years ago slowed down due to the gravity of the moon.
  • The moon fact for kids is quite amusing that when we see from earth the sun and moon look of the same size.
  • The moon is 400 times smaller than the sun but 400 times closer to the earth than the sun.
  • Only one face of the moon is seen from the earth the other side is seen only by astronauts from the spacecraft.
  • The moon other side is not seen because it rotates on its own axis in the same time it takes to orbit the earth
  • This moon fact is little shocking that the moon is moving 3.8cm away from the earth every year.
  • A person weighs 16.5% less than that on earth.
  • No sound can be heard on the moon.
  • The sky near the moon is always black as there is no atmosphere.
  • A lunar eclipse lasts more than the solar eclipse because of the shadow of the earth.
  • Before the nightfall, there is no twilight on the moon.
  • Thomas Harriot was the first to draw the map of the moon.
  • As compared to the earth, the moon is 81 times lighter.
  • The oldest lunar map was drawn by Leonardo da Vinci
  • The first machine was the Soviet Robot lunokhod1 to land on the moon.
  • The research is showing that there is some amount of water on the moon.
  • The moon has no light of its own.
  • The moon is the only place in the solar system for the man to visit.
  • The light areas of the moon is known as highlands.
  • Out of the six flags put on the moon, 5 are still standing.
  • The American flag has become white due to radiation.
  • One of enthralling fact is there is the internet of speed about 19MBPS
  • Apollo 14 has played golf on the moon in 1971
  • A full day on the moon is about an average 29 earth days.

Aren’t these moon facts simply amazing!

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