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One interesting fact about the Moon lies in how it got its name. The proper name for the Moon is, simply, the "Moon." The Moon was named before humans realized other moons exist, and now "Moon" is capitalized to avoid co... More »

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Half Moon Cay is a private island in the Caribbean located about 100 miles southeast of Nassau and owned by the Holland America Line for use by its passengers. Purchased in 1997 for $6 million, the island, formerly known... More »

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Aristarchus was a Greek astronomer and mathematician who lived from 310 B.C. until 230 B.C. He is perhaps best known for advancing the idea that the Sun, not the Earth, was at the center of known universe. More »

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Moon phases occur because the angle of the Earth, moon and sun changes as the moon orbits the Earth. One-half of the moon is always illuminated by the sun. As a person's angle of sight changes, different portions of sunl... More »

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Moon phases refers to the appearance of the moon in the night sky and how much of its visible surface is illuminated. As the moon travels through its orbit, the percentage of its illuminated surface facing Earth waxes an... More »

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The moon is in fact gradually drifting away from the earth. Each year, the moon spins almost 4 centimeters farther from the earth, which makes the earth's day just a bit longer. While this 1.48-inch movement will eventua... More »

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The phases of the Moon are changes in the appearance of the Moon relative to the position of the Earth and the Sun. As the Moon travels through its monthly orbit, varying amounts of the side facing the Earth are illumina... More »

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