Thursday Thirteen! – Paige Tyler – New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Thursday Thirteen!

Thirteen Cool Facts About the Moon!

1. The moon is not a planet, but a satellite of the Earth.

2. The surface area of the moon is 14,658,000 square miles or 9.4 billion acres

3. Only 59% of the moon’s surface is visible from earth.

4. The moon rotates at 10 miles per hour compared to the earth’s rotation of 1000 miles per hour.

5. When a month has two full moons, the second full moon is called a blue moon. Another definition of a blue moon is the third full moon in any season (quarter of year) containing 4 total full moons.
6. From Earth, we always see the same side of the moon; the other side is always hidden.

7. The multi layer space suits worn by the astronauts to the moon weighed 180 pounds on earth, but thirty pounds on the moon due to the lower gravity.

8. The moon is the only extraterrestrial body that has ever been visited by humans. It is also the only body that has had samples taken from it.

9. The first space craft to send back pictures from the moon was Luna 3 which was built by the Soviet Union.

10. The moon has no global magnetic field.

11. The moon is about 1/4 the size of the Earth.

12. On the moon, there is no wind or water.

13. The Apollo missions brought back 2196 rock samples weighing 842 pounds in total.

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Ella Drake says July 23, 2009

You can't tell my 3 y/o #1. No matter how many times we tell him, the moon is a planet!
Great list!

Stephanie says July 23, 2009

Cool facts! I love gazing up at the moon. 🙂 Happy Thursday, Paige! *Hugs*

Alice Audrey says July 23, 2009

59% is 9% more than I expected, but when I think about it makes perfect sense.

Cassandra says July 23, 2009

Very awesome!Lady Luna casts her spell on us all. 😀

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Nina Pierce says July 23, 2009

I was too young to understand the landing on the moon. Watching the footage as an adult has made me truly appreciate this amazing feat! Nice thirteen Paige.

Heather says July 23, 2009

Great facts, Paige! As for the choice in topic, GMTA! 😉

Elise Logan says July 23, 2009

Interesting. I am baffled by how we always see the same side of the moon if it rotates, though. Must investigate.

Christina DeLorenzo says July 23, 2009

Great info…I taught all about the moon last year, but there's some stuff on here even I didn't know. Cool!

jamiebabette says July 23, 2009

Great list of facts. Happy T13 🙂

Janice says July 23, 2009

Hi Paige,

Great list and timely too. Monday was the 40th year anniversary of the moon walk.

Happy TT.

Lauren Murphy says July 23, 2009

Wow that's an impressive list. Thanks for sharing!

Julia Smith says July 24, 2009

Great list – now that we're used to seeing photos from space, it's hard to imagine how freaky those first pictures must have been from the Luna 3.

Alexia Reed says July 25, 2009

Great facts!

Terry Kate says July 25, 2009

La Luna…
Thanks so much for the fun facts. The moon is there in the back of my head, to the point here I sometimes forget to look up and appreciate it.
Thank you for the reminder.
Terry Kate
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paigetyl says August 5, 2009

Ella – LOL! Too funny! Thanks!

Stephanie – Me, too!

Alice Audrey – Totally!

Cassandra – Thanks!

Nina – Thanks!

Heather – Totally! LOL!

Elise – I didn't know that, either! Cool, huh?

Christina – Thanks!

JamieBabette – Thanks!

Janice – Isn't that cool?! We actually visited the Air and Space Museum that day and they were setting up for a big party there!

Lauren – Thanks!

Julia – I know!

Alexia – Thanks!

Terry – You're welcome! It is beautiful!


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