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The Moon at its Finest
Transcript of The Moon at its Finest
Upon looking at the one sees the beautiful satellite we call the moon. However this "moon" doesnt glow so how do we see it? A general description of this complex objec t is that its surface reflects light from our sun. While we see the moon very brightly at night only 3-12 percent of the sunlight hits it.
Cycles of the Moon...
Most people can recall looking up at the sky at various times and seeing the moon in different formations. The following text will list all nine phases of the moon.
3.First Quarter (commonly called a "half moon"
5.Full (we can see the entire illuminated moon)
7. Third Quarter (another half moon)
8. Waning Crescent
9.New (back to beginning)
The Moon and its "Spin"
Contrary to what many think the moon does spin on its axis. And the direction in which it spins is counter-clockwise, like many of the planets in the solar system. However our moon rotates so slowly that the time it takes to spin completely on its axis is equivalent to its orbital period, basically meaning that we only see one side of the moon.
What the Moon is Made of...
As mentioned in the first slide the moon was created during the collision of Earth and Theia. Theia slammed into Earth disintegrating itself in the process and causing showers of debris. This debris, generally classified as rock, is what our moon is made of.
The Moons Effect on Planet Earth...
While thought of as a beauty in our sky, the moon has extremely relevant effects on our planet. One first issue would be that without the moon our nights would be far darker than they are currently. Another aspects is that our day would only last 6-8 hours meaning that we would be forced to live in absolute darkness for more than 2/3 of the day. And a final disadvantage in not having a moon is that our tides would be tiny and insignificant and dominated by our sun.
How the Moon was Created...
Approximately 4.5 billion years ago the moon was born. The moon is actually a big ball of debris formed from a collision with an ancient and long-gone planet named Theia and our own planet, planet Earth.The death of Theia miraculously resulted in the birth of our moon and we will be forever grateful.
When one thinks of the extraordinary wonders of our solar system one never gives the moon the attention it deserves. While it isn't going to burn out like the sun or do something out of this world,it proves to be a key component in everyday life. Without our moon who knows where we would all be?