Words that can be used to describe the moon include rocky, solid, round and bright. The moon's surface is covered in dried lava flows, dead volcanoes and impact craters.Continue Reading
Scientists believe that the moon's crust is between 38 to 63 miles thick. On its surface, the moon contains craters, rock and soil, and not much of anything else. It makes one entire orbit around the earth every 27 days and has a thin atmosphere called an exosphere.
The moon lacks water, and its craters are known as impact basins caused by asteroid strikes. The same side of the moon is always visible from Earth.Learn more about Our Moon
The moon is able to complete a full rotation every 29.5 Earth days. With an orbital rotation that is roughly the same as its rotational speed, the moon is tidally locked with the Earth, meaning that the same side is always visible.Full Answer >
The moon will be located in more or less the eastern part of the sky when it rises, and in more or less the western part of the sky when it sets. Between rising and setting, it will be found in the southern part of the sky.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
The moon's rising and setting occur at different times every night due to the moon's changing position in its orbit. When the moon is full, for instance, it is directly opposite the sun, causing it to rise at sunset and set at daybreak.Full Answer >