What is the Moon?

The Moon

The moon is the brightest object in our night sky. On some nights, the moon looks like a huge shining circle of light. On other nights, it looks like a thin, silver fingernail. But the moon does not really change its size or shape. And it does not make its own light. The light we see comes from the sun and bounces off the moon.

The stars are trillions of kilometres away. The sun is millions of kilometres away. But the moon is only about 384,000 kilometres away. As Earth moves through space, the moon is always beside it. The moon moves around Earth.

The moon is smaller than most planets and stars. If Earth were the size of a basketball, the moon would be about the size of a tennis ball.

The moon is a ball of grey rock. Some of it is covered with dust. It has no air and no water. Most living things that we know of could not survive on the moon.

Long ago, many groups of people in different places worshipped the moon. The ancient Romans named the moon Luna. Our word lunar means “of the moon”.

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