5 things you didn’t know about the moon

11 Nov

 

The Moon is with us every single moment even when we don’t notice. It’s responsible for making our nights brighter, provides support for the tidal activity, and gives a beautiful Lunar Eclipse to admire in full splendor from time to time. Nevertheless, there are some cool facts about the Moon that you probably didn’t know. Keep reading and see what’s the big fuzz about.

The Moon doesn’t orbit the Earth.

Not only it doesn’t orbit the Earth, in fact, it travels at almost the same pace as our planet does. It either travels behind or ahead, depending on the Earth as it revolves around the sun.  

Basically, the Sun has full command over the moon’s motion. The reason we think faulty is that we see it that way from our perspective. During the full moon, the Moon is opposed the sun, and then, after a two-week period, it casts a shadow on the Earth, while being in the same direction as the sun.

We are missing the fact that, over the course of a year, the moon does not loop around the Earth while it goes around the sun. Instead, it moves in tandem with our planet.

 

It used to be a part of Earth.

According to some theories belonging to modern astrophysics, the Moon formed from a material that used to belong to Earth a long time ago. When our planet was very young, an object having a size almost identical to Mars, slammed the Earth and created a large amount of planetary material that wandered through space. It stayed around the Earth until it took a form and created the Moon. It looked a lot different back then because of the molten surface hit by meteors. Thanks to the Moon, we are protected from impactors.

 

It would take hundreds of thousands of moon to get to the sun’s level of brightness

Since the Moon shines with a magnitude of -12.7 and the sun has one of -26.7, it’s clear that the ratio of brightness belonging to the sun is way bigger than the one owned by the Moon. So, you’ll need tons of moons if you want to equal the brightness caused by the sun. Basically, we don’t have that much space to fit all those moons in the sky.  

The Moon has its own time zone.

If you weren’t aware of, there’s a thing called lunation which is the equivalent of 29.530589 Earth days. Therefore, the lunar time is quite similar to the standard time zone we use on Earth. The only difference is that it is based on 12-degree meridians. Plus, a lunar year has 354 Heart days.

 

The Earth’s atmosphere is responsible for the color of the Moon.

During lunar eclipses, the only sunlight that gets close to the Moon is what passes through our planet’s atmosphere. Once the filters refract the sunlight, red is the only color from the spectrum that leaves behind, giving the Moon the same effect as sunsets. If there was no atmosphere on Earth, the moon would go pitch black during lunar eclipses.