The Moon Facts

  • It takes the moon 27 days, 7 hours, 43 minutes and 11.6 seconds to make a complete orbit around the earth. The moon orbits the Earth in a counterclockwise direction.
  • A lunar month is the time it takes the moon to complete all of its phases from New Moon to New Moon. This cycle takes approximately 29.5 days.
  • The moon is 4.5 billion years old.
  • The surface of the moon is made up of craters, mountains, plains and valleys.
  • There is no atmosphere on the moon, which means there is no air to breathe.
  • There is no weather or wind on the moon, so the footprints left by the astronauts will remain visible for millions of years.
  • Water was discovered on the moon in 2007.
  • The moon is 2,000 miles wide.
  • The moon is about 250,000 miles from the Earth. If you were driving to the moon in a car, it would take you 130 days.
  • The moon has no light source of its own. It shines at night because it reflects the light from the sun.