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What is the Moon?

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What is the Moon? The Moon is the Earth's only satellite, and it has been orbiting our planet for at least 4,000 million years. It is a rocky sphere about 3,476 km in diameter, which is about one-quarter the size of the Earth.

Scientists believe that the Moon formed when another planet about the size of Mars collided with the Earth. The collision splashed a huge mass of molten (liquid) rock into space. This molten rock quickly formed into a sphere, and the Moon rapidly cooled into its solid form. The Moon's surface is heavily pitted by collisions with debris such as asteroids

The appearance of the Moon alters, depending on the position of the Sun in relation to the Moon. The Sun lights up only one side of the Moon.

As the Moon orbits the Earth, we see this lit-up area from different angles. When the Sun is almost behind the Earth, it lights up the whole of the Moon; this is called a Full Moon. When the Sun is off to one side, part of the Moon is in deep shadow and all we can see is a thin slice, or crescent, of the Moon's lit surface.

Tags: earth, rocky sphere

Category: Astrology  - ( Astrology Archive)

Date Added: 09 December '11

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