Have you ever wondered about our Solar system? Each part of it is fascinating in its own right. Today let’s talk about the Moon – our nearest neighbour in space!
Have you ever looked up at the night sky and seen the bright, glowing object that seems to follow you wherever you go? That’s our Moon! It’s the brightest object in the sky after the Sun and is the closest celestial body to Earth.
The Moon is about one-quarter the size of Earth and is made up of rock, dust, and ice. It is about 238,855 miles (384,400 kilometers) away from Earth. It might sound like a lot, but in space terms, that’s actually pretty close! The Moon is so close that astronauts have been able to visit it.
The first humans to walk on the Moon were American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin in 1969. They were part of the Apollo 11 mission, which was a historic moment in human space exploration.
The Moon also has a weaker gravitational pull than Earth, which means that objects weigh less on the Moon. If you were to jump on the Moon, you could jump six times higher than you can on Earth!