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# How big is the moon?

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Earth's sole natural satellite, the moon, has a circumference of 6,783.5 miles around its equator. Its surface area is 14,647,439.75 square miles, which is approximately 0.07 times that of the Earth.

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Comparing the size of the sun, moon and Earth by scale, think of the sun as a door, the Earth as a nickel and its moon as a green pea. The moon's circumference is about 0.71 that of the smallest planet in the solar system, Mercury, and its surface area is slightly more than half that of Mercury. The moon is, on average, 238,857 miles from Earth. It has a rocky terrain with many craters and pits on the surface, a thin atmosphere and no water.

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The moon is located an average of 238,855 miles from the Earth, according to Space.com. Because its orbit is irregular, its closest approach to the Earth is 225,700 miles while at its farthest, the moon is 252,000 miles from the Earth.

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It takes the moon 27.3 days to make one revolution around the Earth, traveling at a speed of 2,300 miles per hour. The moon takes the same amount of time to make a full rotation on its axis, according to Windows to the Universe.

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The moon travels in an elliptical orbit, and at perigee, the closest it gets to Earth, it stands about 225,623 miles, or 363,104 kilometers away.