1. Education
Send to a Friend via Email

Moon - Information on Earth's Moon

The Moon is the only natural satellite of the planet Earth. Because of its size and rocky composition, the moon has also been called a terrestrial planet along with Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. It has no atmosphere, but there is water ice in some deep craters. The moon is the only extra-planetary body that a human has visited.

Moon Pictures Gallery
The Moon is the only natural satellite of the planet Earth. It was known as Luna to the Romans, Selene and Artemis to the Greeks, and many other names in other languages.

Total Lunar Eclipse of March 03, 2007
The night sky will give us quite a show Saturday night as the first of two total lunar eclipses in 2007 occurs. This eclipse will be unique in that does not discriminate and will be at least partly visible from every continent around the world. This eclipse occurs at the descending node, 3.2 days before apogee and 1.9 days after the Moon occults Saturn (northern and eastern Europe).

Moon - Pictures and Astronomy Facts
Moon - Pictures and Astronomy Facts - Solar System Planetary Astronomical Data & Pictures of the Moon. The Moon. Astronomy Guide to Space exploration close to home. The Moon is the only natural satellite of the planet Earth. It was known as Luna to the Romans, Selene and Artemis to the Greeks, and many other names in other languages.

The Moon
Moon - Pictures and Astronomy Facts - Solar System Planetary Astronomical Data & Pictures of the Moon. The Moon. Astronomy Guide to Space exploration close to home. The Moon is the only natural satellite of the planet Earth. It was known as Luna to the Romans, Selene and Artemis to the Greeks, and many other names in other languages. Detailed Information.

Blue Moon
"Once in a blue moon." You have probably heard this expression before. It usually means not very often. But, is there really such a thing? Well, yes, but it’s probably not what you may think, and it’s definitely not what it used to be.

Harvest Moon
September’s full moon, the Harvest Moon, has a special place in our agricultural history. Through most of the year, the moon rises each day about 50 minutes later than the day before. However, when the autumnal equinox approaches, the difference in rise times drops to about 25 to 30 minutes and even farther north, the difference is 10 to 15 minutes.

Lunar Eclipses
When the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned, the Earth will cast a shadow on the Moon creating a phenomenon known as a lunar eclipse. These events have been the subject of mythology and lore, but are readily explained by science.

Once in a Blue Moon
We've all heard the phrase "once in a blue Moon", but what is a blue Moon? Well, it turns out that the term is steeped in history; history that often arose out of misinterpretation. So what does the term mean today, and does the Moon ever actually appear blue?

What is a Moon?
What is a moon? It's a simple question that may, on the surface, have an obvious answer. One has to do little more than look up in the night sky on clear evenings to see an example of such an object. But when it comes to defining these magnificent objects, the answer may not be so clear.

All About the Moon
Man has wondered about the Moon since the dawn of reason. But it has only been in the last several decades that we have come to truly understand the Moon's nature and beginnings. Come and explore the most interesting facts about the Moon.

Did the Earth Once Have Two Moons?
We are all familiar with the Moon, the billiant object that lights up the night sky on most nights. However, there are some properties of the Moon that have baffled scientists for decades. Now, some suggest that the oddities are because our Moon is actually the result of a merger between the two Moons that used to orbit our tiny world.

How Was the Moon Made?
Even the earliest humans were aware of the Moon. Besides the Sun it is the most dominant object in the sky. But how was it made? Where did it come from? These questions puzzled people for millennia. And while not an absolute, we now believe that we know how the Moon was made.

Does the Moon Rotate?
One of the questions that is often wrongly answered about astronomy pertains to the rotation of the Moon. Specifically, does the moon rotate? The answer is yes, but very slowly. And not only that, but it rotates in a very precise manor as the Earth and Moon interact and cause our natural nightlight to always show us the same face.

Should We Build a Moon Base?
There has been a lot of political talk suggesting that we should build a permanent base on the Moon. Of course this will be costly, and the technology is not currently in place to even accomplish such a feat. But is it something that we should make a priority? Is it worth it?

You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.