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Interesting Facts About the Moon, Sun and the Earth.

Updated on February 25, 2013

Our home and our satalite.

The earth is our home, the planet we reside on and the earths moon is it's nearest celestial body. Our ancestors have been questioning our place in space and answering what seems like impossible questions for many, many years.

Since the birth of the creation of our solar system, the earth and the moon have developed a unique and lasting bond of rotation and gravitational pull. Dancing together in space for billions of years. Experiencing such events as the late great bombardment together of which the moon still bares the scares of today and as does the earth in fact, only due to the abundance of the life that flourishes here, we do cover it marginaly better.

Although the theories and ideas have not always been entirely accurate, for instance it was once thought that the the sun orbited the earth. Yet through out the evolution of mankind it still does seem pretty amazing just how much has been discovered in that time along with the speed and frequency we are continuing to discover.

The vastness of the universe is a concept that is as awesome for us now despite all the knowledge we have about it, as it has been for all of the generations that have come before us.

The earth and moon are both pi vital objects, essential for our continuing existence and yet in comparison with the rest of the galaxy, we are fairly insignificant. Two small neighbours in a much larger neighborhood.

Here is a little taster of facts we know about the earth and the moon.

  • As the earth orbits the sun it travels at 60 kilometers a second.
  • The longest an eclipse can last is seven minutes fifty eight seconds.
  • It would take 80 moons to match the weight of the earth.
  • The moons orbit is at a synchronous rotation with the earth, meaning that we only see one side of it, the side we don't see is known as the dark side of the moon.
  • We see about 59% of the moon due to libration.
  • Every year there are around 150 earthquakes above magnitude 6.
  • 1,500 volcanoes the world over are active.
  • The weight of the moon is 81 billion tons.
  • Aluminium is the most abundant metal of the earths crust.
  • Within our solar system, the earth is the fifth largest.
  • The moon moves 3.82cm further away from us every year.
  • There are on average two earthquakes, every minute somewhere on earth.
  • You are ever so slightly lighter when the moon is directly over head.
  • Because sun is 400 times bigger then the moon and the moon is 400 times closer to the earth, this enables us to experience a solar eclipse, where the moon and sun appear to be the same size.
  • The earth is 1.3 light seconds away from the moon.
  • 93 million miles/150 million kilometers is how far the earths orbit around the sun is.
  • Like most woman the earth is a bit pair shaped and not completely spherical.
  • When the earth was forming the moon was closer to us, it would have looked about three times as big.
  • When the moon is covered by the earths shadow it is called a lunar eclipse.
  • The earths equator measures 8,000 miles/12,756 kilometers.
  • The moon is 2,160 miles/3,476 kilometers across.
  • The Greek philosophers were the first to figure out, amongst other things:
  • The cause of solar eclipse's
  • The size of the earth.
  • The cause of lunar eclipse's.
  • The distance of the moon from us.

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      ParadigmEnacted 4 years ago

      The fourteenth bullet point never ceases to amaze me. If that doesn't imply design, it at least implies intelligent order. That's like artwork. And if we compare the Earth's shape to that of a woman, coupled with the other compelling synchronizations involving the Moon, then we can see how the role of the feminine is paramount to material existence on Earth. What the Bible refers to as the urges of the flesh or the love for Earthly things, all parallels.

      Are not the circumstances surrounding the Moon's origin and synchronization with the Earth somehow reminiscent of gestation and childbirth?

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      poppy 4 years ago

      There's no good facts about the sun but thanks!

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      Sir rarws alot 6 years ago

      thanks it was an amazing hub really good :)

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      The Pink Panther 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Awesome facts! and great hub!

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      u2cio 6 years ago

      cool

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      Steve's Universe 6 years ago from Richmond, Vermont

      That's a fun one... good facts.

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      Sasha'sOnHubShell 6 years ago from Florida

      This is awesome. Such interesting and unique facts, thanks so much for the read! Looking forward to following :)

      -Alexandra

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You have some very interesting facts on here. I am bookmarking to use for class. Also rated up and useful. Thanks for sharing.

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      bjm 6 years ago

      According to NASA "Total weight: of the moon is 74 sextillion kilograms (81 Quintillion Tons).

      http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/moonfacts.html

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      jambo87 6 years ago

      Very cool.

      So the moon is moving away from Earth, eventually will it be so far out as to lose its orbit, or maybe become asynchronous? Either way, it would probably take millions of years.

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Than-you for your comment D.A.L. I agree with you I think the fascination will continue. :)

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      Dave 7 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      wrenfrost56, thank you for this fascinating hub, I really enjoyed it. It is a reminder that nature still has some secrets we have not yet discovered. The moon has been always held fascination for man, and I guess it will continue to do so for many generations to come.

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you Nell Rose, they found water on the moon, now I didn't know that! :)

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      logic,commonsense 7 years ago

      Lots of information I wasn't aware of. Especially the aluminum. Thanks for sharing this!

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you Anonemuss, glad you liked it. :)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you sage, glad you enjoyed it and good to see you again. :)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you wesley, I really enjoy researching for these sort of hubs and sharing what I already know, so more of the same to come. :)

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, this was fascinating. I thought I knew everything about the moon, but I realise that I knew diddly squat! great stuff. I understand that they have found water on the dark side. I wonder what else is up there? thanks this was great. Nell

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thnk-you drbj, LOL! it was a typo it was supposed to say billion not billion, billion! Fixed it now, thanks for pointing that out. :)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you katie, good to see you again my friend, I really enjoy doing research on facts like this so there will be more to come. :)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you andromida my friend, it really is an awesome concept. :)

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      Anonemuss 7 years ago from Belmont, Massachusetts

      Nice Work on this hub

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      Terrific facts, learned so much. Thanks for the researching and writing. It was very interesting.

      Sage

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      wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Wren I just absolutely love reading articles with facts in them and your recent hubs of various facts has been fun to read. Keep posting whatever facts you can and I'll be here. Thank you.

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      katie - verrrry interrrrresing facts that I enjoyed reading, but I was wondering - how was it determined that the weight of the moon is 81 billion billion tons?

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      wrenfrost, another great hub, the Interesting facts about the moon and the earth is fascinating! Thanks for all the great research! Peace :)

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      The ratio of distance and size for making solar eclipse possible seems to me nature did everything keeping in mind all of the key elements of our survival on earth. These facts abt earth are very interesting;actually astronomical facts always intrigue my mind. Thanks wren :)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you very much Tony, I am very happy to hear that and am very much looking forward to reading your moon hub. Take care. :)

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      I loved this Hub, thanks so much for putting it together. I am linking it to my "moon" Hub, I hope you don't mind?

      Love and peace

      Tony

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