Moonlight Mysteries: 10 Lunar Facts to Leave You  Starry-Eyed

9th March, 2024


Fact: The moon is slowly spiraling away from Earth at a rate of about 3.8 centimeters per year. Tidal forces cause this. 

The Moon is Drifting Away

One Giant Leap for Footprints

Fact: Due to the lack of atmosphere and erosion on the moon, footprints left by astronauts could last millions of years. 

The Moon's Other Side

Fact: We always see the same side of the moon due to tidal locking. The far side (often wrongly called "the dark side") remained a mystery until space probes revealed its true form. 

There's Water on the Moon

Scientists have discovered water ice trapped in permanently shadowed craters near the lunar poles. This could be a valuable resource for future missions. 

Moonquakes Exist!

Fact: The moon experiences moonquakes! These are caused by tidal stresses from Earth's gravity and internal shrinking as the moon cools. 

It Takes Time to Get There

Fact: It took the Apollo 11 astronauts about 3 days to travel from the Earth to the moon. 

Lunar Fashion

Fact: Spacesuits worn on the moon are big and bulky because they need to protect astronauts from extreme temperatures, micrometeoroids, and radiation.

Only a Dozen Moonwalkers

Fact: Only 12 people in history have set foot on the moon between 1969 and 1972.

Earth's Spectacular View

Fact: Astronauts on the moon described the Earth as a beautiful "blue marble" floating in the blackness of space. 

Your Moon Weight

Fact: You would weigh only about one-sixth of your weight on Earth due to the moon's weaker gravity.