What do you know about… the moon?

What do you know about… the moon?

She's our nearest neighbour, but do you know anything about her?

Did you know that the moon doesn't give out its own light; it reflects it from the sun?

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If there wasn't a sun in the sky, we wouldn't be able to see the moon.

The sun only lights up one side of the moon.

We only ever see one side of the moon. We never see the backside of the moon as the same side always points to the earth.

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The moon never changes shape. What we see is the sun lighting up different sides of the moon.

The moon is about 4.5 billion years old.

The moon rises in the east and sets in the west.

The moon is about 250,000 miles (384,400 kilometres) from earth.

If you travelled to the moon by car it would take you 130 days

If you travelled to the moon by rocket it would take you 13 hours

If you travelled to the moon by light speed it would take you 1.52 seconds.

The surface of the moon has about the same area as the continent of Africa.

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There is no atmosphere, no wind or weather on the moon.

The footprints left by the Apollo astronauts will still be seen for at least 10 million years because there is no erosion on the Moon.

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