Did you know that a full moon appears when the moon is on the opposite side of the earth? We see the full moon thanks to the sun’s light that fully brightens the moon. Moon phases and cycles have been studied for years, and have inspired many theories.
In this post we’ll provide some more interesting facts about the moon. Are you ready to learn more about the moon and her fascinating nature?
1. We See A Bit More Than Half the Moon
This fact is contrary to popular belief. We can see up to 59% of the moon. This is due to the moon’s rate of rotation and rate of revolution. Because these two are not in sync, we get to see a bit more than 59% of the moon’s surface.
2. There Are Four Different Lunar Months
These lunar months are based on different aspects and vantage points. A sidereal lunar month is the time it takes the moon to circle the earth with the stars as the reference point. A Nodical lunar month is the time it takes the moon to pass through one of its nodes. The remaining two are anomalistic and synodical.
3. The Earth Viewed from the Moon is Seen in Phases
Just like we view the moon in different phases here on earth, one would be able to see earth’s different phases from the moon. That is if you are located at the correct point. The earth’s phases would be opposite of the moon phases, for instance when it is full moon, it would be a new phase for earth viewed from the moon.
4. Moon Crater Names Have Rules
The accepted trend for naming any lunar formations is using the name of well-known astronomers and scientists. Currently, there are two accepted conventions including the former as well as naming specific formations after famous American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts.
5. The Moon Has a Time Zone
Here’s a fun fact, did you know that a watch was specially designed for moon walkers? Kenneth L. Franklin designed the watch, and measured time in ‘lunations’, or the time it takes the moon to rotate and revolve around the earth. Franklin also developed a time zone for the moon, called ‘Lunar Time’.
6. Moon Temperature Fluctuates
Even though there’s a lot of sources out there providing estimated temperatures of the moon, NASA is probably the most reliable of them all. NASA indicates that the temperature at the equator during night time is a chilly minus 173 °C, and a sizzling 127 °C during the day.
And that’s a wrap. These are but a few of the interesting facts about the moon we could share here. There are plenty of things that we still do not know about the galaxy and beyond.