10 Things You Didn't Know About the Moon - Blog - Q93
July 20, 2021 | by: jolene

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Moon

Moon Day commemorates the day in 1969 that man took their first steps on the moon. An estimated 650 million people worldwide watched as Neil Armstrong made the monumental step and heard the, now iconic words, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

While you might know the words and the names of the astronauts (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and pilot Michael Collins in case you didn’t) below are 10 other things you probably don’t know about that glorious orb in our night sky.

1) There’s actually four kinds of lunar months

  • Anomalistic
  • Nodical
  • Sidereal
  • Synodical

2) We see slightly more than half of the moon from Earth

3) It would take hundreds of thousands of moons to equal the brightness of the sun

4) The first- or last-quarter moon is not one half as bright as a full moon

5) A 95-percent illuminated moon appears half as bright as a full moon

6) The Earth, seen from the moon, also goes through phases

7) Eclipses are reversed when viewing from the moon

8) There are rules for how the moon’s craters are named

9) The moon encompasses a huge temperature range

10) The moon has its own time zone

For full details on all of these facts check out space.com