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The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth, and the only celestial body where humans have landed. It is approximately 384,403 kilometers (238,857 miles) away from the Earth, and has an approximate diameter of 3,476 kilometers (2,160 miles).

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How far is the Moon from the Earth?

A lunar distance (LD) is an astronomical measurement of the distance from the Earth to the Moon. The average distance from Earth to the Moon is 384,403 kilometers or 238,857 miles, but the actual distance varies over the course of the orbit of the moon. Depending on the Moon's location in its orbit, it is between 225,623 and 252,088 miles away from Earth. This is about 30 times the diameter of the Earth. Measurements of the lunar distance are made by measuring...
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What is the closest planet near Earth's moon?

Well, it is obviously Earth. But if you meant the nearest planet (excluding Earth), it varies from time to time; at their closest approaches Venus is around 45,000,000 km away to the Earth and Mars is around 80,000,000 km away from the Earth. But they aren't always or even usually at their closest approach to Earth. Whether Earth and the Moon are closer to Venus or to Mars depends on the three planets' relative positions in their orbits. When Mars is...
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How long exactly is one lunar month?

The moon completes one orbital revolution around the earth every 27.32 days, and displays a complete cycle of "phases" every 29.53 days. (Those are both rounded numbers.) ...
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How was the moon created?

Theories of the Origin of the Moon After years of research, studying gamma rays and rock samples from the Earth and the Moon, it is generally accepted that the ages of the Earth and the Moon are the same. There are several theories on its formation. IMPACT : One theory is that it was formed from the Earth's crust, following the impact of a large (Mars-sized) asteroid. A long string of rocky fragments were blown out from the Earth in the form of...
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What is the circle of light around the sun called?

The circle of light around the sun is called a Corona. The corona can usually only be seen during a total solar eclipse. When this happens it can be seen as an irregularly shaped glow surrounding the moon. ...
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How cold is nighttime on the Moon?

Answer The temperature of the Moon's night is -173.3 degrees C. (-280 degrees Fahrenheit). ...
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Why is life not possible on moon?

"Life as we know it" is not possible on the Moon because the Moon has no atmosphere. When people go to live on the Moon, we will need to provide pressurized habitats in which we can live without a pressure suit. We will probably also have to live underground, since the lack of atmosphere also means that there is no protection from the damaging UV radiation from the Sun. The Moon also lacks a strong magnetosphere to protect life from bombardment by...
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Who was second person go to moon first time?

Edwin Aldrin was the second man on the moon.
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Why does the moon look orange when it rises?

The Moon appears orange-ish when it rises for the same reason the Sun looks redder at sunset -- the Earth's atmosphere scatters the shorter, bluer wavelengths of light and more of the reddish light makes it to your eye. At moonrise, you are seeing the moon through more of the Earth's atmosphere than when the moon is overhead, and more of the light at red wavelengths makes it through the atmosphere to your eye. ...
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Who was the ninth man on the moon?

It was John Young, commander of Apollo 16.
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How is the Moon different from the Sun?

The moon is a solid ball of rock. The sun is a star, a roiling mass of gases undergoing nuclear fusion reactions. ...
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Why is Io more volcanically active than your Moon?

Io is close to the massive Jupiter. As a result " tidal forces" cause large amounts of "flexing" inside Io. This means that Io is volcanically active. The situation with Earth's moon is not really comparable. ...
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How is the gibbous moon and gibbous monkey alike?

That's a misspelling; gibbous is a phase of the moon (more than half but not full), and Gibbons are a species of ape. ...
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What is the meaning of waxing gibbous moon?

it means its almost a full moon but not there yet. and nobody improve this answer i hate it when ppl do that!! ...
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What is the moons lunar temperature?

The mean surface temperature during the day is 107° C (226.6° F) At night that temperature is negative and drops to -153° C (-243.4 F) The maximum surface temperature is 123° C (253.4° F) The minimum surface temperature is -233° C (-387.4 F) ...
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What did people think of solar eclipse in ancient times?

It depends on the ancient culture you're referring to. Ancient China: It was believed that a dragon was eating the Sun to symbolise that famine and disease was coming. The Ancient Chinese who believed this would form defences around their land to ward off the dragon, preventing famine and disease from affecting them. They were also used to forecast predictions for the Chinese Emperors. Which was a very risky thing to do, because if you got the Emperor's forecast wrong, you were executed. Ancient...
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Does the Moon's pull effect lakes and rivers like it effects the oceans?

Technically, yes. However, the tidal effects of moderate-sized bodies of water such as medium-sized lakes is vanishingly small. The Great Lakes have very small tidal effects, but rivers are far more influenced by the flow of the river. This is because there isn't much water to displace to create a noticeable effect. Oddly enough, the moon's tides also effect solid ground. The earths crust flexes through a range of about 1 foot over the course of a day. 2nd response: Great Answer!! Actually, the moon...
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Who were the first ten astronauts to land in moon?

There have been 12 men to land and walk on the moon. In order: 1: Neil Armstrong 2: Buzz Aldrin 3: Pete Conrad 4: Alan Bean 5: Alan Shepard 6: Edgar Mitchell 7: Dave Scott 8: Jim Irwin 9: John Young 10: Charlie Duke 11: Gene Cernan 12: Harrison Schmitt Armstrong and Aldrin were from Apollo 11, Conrad and Bean from Apollo 12, Shepard and Mitchell from Apollo 14, Scott and Irwin from Apollo 15, Young and Duke were on Apollo 16 and Cernan and Schmitt were Apollo 17. So to answer your...
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Who does the moon belong to?

Jenaro Gajardo Vera (*November 18, 1919 in Traiguén, Malleco Province - †May 3, 1998 in Santo Domingo, San Antonio Province) was an eccentric lawyer, painter and Chilean poet. He became famous from September 25 of 1953 until his death, as the legitimate owner of the Moon. The United Nations 1967 publication "Outer Space Treaty" states space is the "province of all mankind", and is not subject to claims on sovereignty by States. As treaties apply to States and place obligations on States, and...
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Why isn't the moon always full?

The reflection of sunlight off of the moon's surface can only be seen when the earth is in the path of the reflected light. Essentially when the moon is not full, you see part of the moon that is in shadow. This is the same as looking at a part of the earth where it is night time, from space. ...
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When is the next total eclipse in Melbourne?

I'm afraid you will be waiting a long time. The next Total Solar Eclipse is not until April 4th 2220. But there will be one in Sydney on July 22 2028, and one in northern Victoria, about a 3 hour drive from Melbourne (near Kerang / Shepparton / Wangaratta on December 26 (Boxing Day) 2038. ...
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Does the moon rotate on its axis?

The moon does rotate about its own axis, once every 27.32 days. "Day and night" on the Moon are each 13.66 Earth days long. ....but don't think of it this way just yet. This will create confusion until you understand truly what I'm saying. If you take a basketball and spin it on your finger, the basketball is spinning on its own axis. If this was exactly how the moon rotated, we could see all sides of it, just like the basketball....
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Who was the first man to circle the moon?

The first men to orbit the moon were Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Apollo 8 spacecraft. ...