How old is the moon?

The Moon is about 4.5 billion years old and is the only natural satellite in our Solar System.

The moon formed about 30–50 million years after the Earth formed.

The moon came about when a large object hit the Earth and blasted out rocks that all came together and orbited round the Earth.

Eventually they all melted together like in a big heated pot, cooled down and became the Moon.

For another 500 million years pieces of rock kept striking against the surface of the Moon.

You can see the surface of the Moon by using a pair of binoculars or a small telescope. The Moon’s surface shows the damage caused by these large pieces of rock hitting it billions of years ago.

The surface is covered in craters, pits and scars.

The first man to make proper maps of the moon was Galileo.  He didn’t invent the telescope but by 1609 he had developed a telescope that could magnify objects up to 20 times.


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