What Is the Temperature Range of the Moon?


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The temperature range of the moon is between minus 413 degrees Fahrenheit and 253 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on whether or not the section being measured is facing the sun. Since the moon does not possess a significant amount of atmosphere, its surface cannot trap heat or provide insulation.

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The coldest temperature measured on the moon was found at a crater in its northern pole. At minus 413 degrees Fahrenheit, the coldest moon temperature is, as of 2015, the coldest temperature recorded in the solar system. The craters on the moon's southern pole are under a permanent shadow. Some scientists have speculated that ice may be found inside these craters.

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