I could only imagine how big of curiosity the moon is to the people from old times. You know, when the super-powerful telescopes and spaceflight were not invented yet. They might have thought that it is some mystical entity that only comes out at night. Well, there may be very few people who still think the same. However, we do know enough information about our planet’s little companion.
But of course, there is still much to learn about it. And astronomers make sure that we learn something new about it once in a while. Here are some new facts about this astronomical body.
The Moon is Space Debris
Well, there are actually two strong theories on how the moon formed. The first one is that an object as big as Mars has hit our planet and dislodged a big chunk of Earth which became our satellite. Another theory is that it is some space object that wandered too close to the Earth’s orbit and got stuck there. Planetary scientists and theorists have long debated as to which one should it be. But, whichever side wins, one thing stays true. The moon is nothing but space debris.
Its Size is Perfect For A Solar Eclipse
Nobody exactly knows why the size of our moon is just right to make us witness beautiful solar eclipses. Imagine, if it is bigger, the majestic corona illuminating on its edges won’t be visible. On the other hand, if it was smaller, it would look like a black blot on the sun during a solar eclipse.
Scientist Thought The Moon Dust Will Swallow First Lunar Lander
An Astrophysicist at Cornell University named Thomas Gold theorized that the dust covering the surface will be loose and deep. This was all during the preparation for the first lunar landing mission. He feared that the Lunar Landers will sink in the moon dust. Well, he was actually wrong. The dust on the surface of the moon is actually pretty thin and the main surface is pretty solid.
No One Nations Owns it
Though it was the U.S.A. who first set foot and planted a flag on the moon, it is International Property. An Outer Space Treaty actually exists and it states that whatever resources discovered in the moon will be for the whole humankind.
Astronauts Left Strange Stuff on the Moon
The first and only people that landed on the moon made sure to leave their mark there. Eugene Cernan of the Apollo 11 Mission wrote the letters TDC on the moon’s surface. It was her daughter’s initials and is probably still there right now. You can also find a message from Queen Elizabeth, an Andy Warhol doodle, and 2 golf balls in its surface. What a pretty odd collection.
Humans Will Go Back Pretty Soon
NASA is set to go into another mission to land on the moon in a few years. In fact, it is pretty close if everything went right and they could launch in the “no later than the late 2020s” schedule that the announced. This time, humans will not leave golf balls but an actual command module on its surface. This is all pretty exciting. And we are all wishing that we get to witness it.