Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thursday Thirteen!

Thirteen Cool Facts About the Moon!

1. The moon is not a planet, but a satellite of the Earth.

2. The surface area of the moon is 14,658,000 square miles or 9.4 billion acres

3. Only 59% of the moon's surface is visible from earth.

4. The moon rotates at 10 miles per hour compared to the earth's rotation of 1000 miles per hour.

5. When a month has two full moons, the second full moon is called a blue moon. Another definition of a blue moon is the third full moon in any season (quarter of year) containing 4 total full moons.
6. From Earth, we always see the same side of the moon; the other side is always hidden.

7. The multi layer space suits worn by the astronauts to the moon weighed 180 pounds on earth, but thirty pounds on the moon due to the lower gravity.

8. The moon is the only extraterrestrial body that has ever been visited by humans. It is also the only body that has had samples taken from it.

9. The first space craft to send back pictures from the moon was Luna 3 which was built by the Soviet Union.

10. The moon has no global magnetic field.

11. The moon is about 1/4 the size of the Earth.

12. On the moon, there is no wind or water.

13. The Apollo missions brought back 2196 rock samples weighing 842 pounds in total.

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Ella Drake said...

You can't tell my 3 y/o #1. No matter how many times we tell him, the moon is a planet!
Great list!

Stephanie said...

Cool facts! I love gazing up at the moon. :) Happy Thursday, Paige! *Hugs*

Alice Audrey said...

59% is 9% more than I expected, but when I think about it makes perfect sense.

Cassandra said...

Very awesome!Lady Luna casts her spell on us all. :D

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Nina Pierce said...

I was too young to understand the landing on the moon. Watching the footage as an adult has made me truly appreciate this amazing feat! Nice thirteen Paige.

Heather said...

Great facts, Paige! As for the choice in topic, GMTA! ;)

Elise Logan said...

Interesting. I am baffled by how we always see the same side of the moon if it rotates, though. Must investigate.

Christina DeLorenzo said...

Great info...I taught all about the moon last year, but there's some stuff on here even I didn't know. Cool!

jamiebabette said...

Great list of facts. Happy T13 :)

Janice said...

Hi Paige,

Great list and timely too. Monday was the 40th year anniversary of the moon walk.

Happy TT.

Lauren Murphy said...

Wow that's an impressive list. Thanks for sharing!

Julia Smith said...

Great list - now that we're used to seeing photos from space, it's hard to imagine how freaky those first pictures must have been from the Luna 3.

Alexia Reed said...

Great facts!

Terry Kate said...

La Luna...
Thanks so much for the fun facts. The moon is there in the back of my head, to the point here I sometimes forget to look up and appreciate it.
Thank you for the reminder.
Terry Kate
Romance in the Backseat

Paige Tyler said...

Ella - LOL! Too funny! Thanks!

Stephanie - Me, too!

Alice Audrey - Totally!

Cassandra - Thanks!

Nina - Thanks!

Heather - Totally! LOL!

Elise - I didn't know that, either! Cool, huh?

Christina - Thanks!

JamieBabette - Thanks!

Janice - Isn't that cool?! We actually visited the Air and Space Museum that day and they were setting up for a big party there!

Lauren - Thanks!

Julia - I know!

Alexia - Thanks!

Terry - You're welcome! It is beautiful!