Fun Facts on the Moon for Kids
How big is the Moon? How far away is the Moon from the sun? What is an Eclipse? What is the landscape like on the moon? How many phases of the moon are there? Who was the first African-American woman in space? Discover the answers to these interesting questions with our 'fun facts' sheet about the Moon - especially written for kids, they are ideal for children, homework, schools, teachers and kids of all ages! Every fact for kid's subject has a cool funny video on each page, which helps to make the learning process fast, easy and great fun! Our fact file will help you to discover amazing facts, unique trivia, cool information, free pictures and photos, they are full of amazing information on every subject; they are a great way to learn fun facts together with your kids and children
Did You Know?
Did you know that that we always see the same side of the moon? The moon spins around the same time as it takes for earth to orbit so the same side of the moon is always towards us. Did you know that in the western world we have a tradition of a seeing a mythological man in the moon; however in Japan they see a rice-cake-making rabbit in the moon! Do you know which planet has the most moons? The answer is Jupiter; it has 62. Read the fact sheet below and watch the unique video to discover more amazing facts...
Picture of the Moon
Our 'fun facts' would not be complete without a picture of an astronaut on the moon! Don't forget to watch the fun facts video, its ideal for kids and children of all ages and great for homework help and school study
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Fact Sheet on the Moon
Fun Facts for kids
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What is a moon? A moon is defined as a natural satellite that orbits another planet; it is referred to as a natural satellite to distinguish the difference from an astronomical satellite such as a star orbiting a planet
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How big is the Moon? The Moon has a diameter of 3,476 km; it is about four times smaller than Earth
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There are at least 173 known natural satellites orbiting planets in the Solar System
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'The moon' is earth's only natural satellite; it is about 384,000 km away from Earth. The moon orbits the Earth once every 28 days
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How far is the Moon away from the Sun? The precise distance from the Moon to the Sun varies depending on where each is in their orbit path; the average distance is about 150 million km
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The surface of the moon is covered with asteroid craters. Copernicus probably the most prominent asteroid crater on the moon; it has a diameter of 93 km. On a bright night the craters can be seen quite clearly
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The dark patches on the moon are flat areas of dark solid lava that look like seas, in fact, early astronomers called them 'mares' which is Latin for 'seas'
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Temperatures on the moons surface can range from a freezing -123°C to a boiling 123°C; this is because the moon has no atmosphere to protect it from the sun or to retain its heat
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What is an Eclipse? An Eclipse is when the moon moves between the Earth and the Sun. Most eclipses are partial; the sun is not totally covered. During a total eclipse the sun covers the moon and the sky will go dark during the day, this amazing spectacle lasts for just a few minutes
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The moon has a mountainous landscape. The tallest range is called the Montes Apenninus. Named after the Italian Apennine Mountains it is situated on the northern region; the range measures around 600 km long
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In 1969 US Space Apollo 11 landed on the moon; Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to set a foot on the moon on July 21. They spent about 2.5 hours on the moons surface and recorded the famous words "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"
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The first African-American woman in space was Dr. Mae Jemison, she assisted the space mission onboard Spacelab-J in September 1992
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The shape of the moon appears to change in the night sky due to the different phases of the moon. There are 8 different phases; each phases is a different shape depending on how the sunlight catches it during the 28 day cycle
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The mythological character the "The Man in the Moon" dates back to the early 14th century. Traditionally he carries a bundle of thorn-twigs and is accompanied by a dog
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There is an American Flag on the moon! Neil Armstrong planted it there during the first moon landing. As there is no air or breeze on the moon it was attached to horizontal pole this gave the impression that it was flying!
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