The moon always acts hypnotically no matter in which phase is. The beauty that lives at night has inspired not only one romantic soul. Although we see it quite often almost never think about its nature. Here are some interesting facts about it:
Lunar dust. One of the most bizarre yet dangerous substances on the moon is the lunar dust. It is fine like flour, but very rough, so permeates almost everywhere. Lunar dust creates a lot of headaches during missions: dust almost completely cut the shoe of an astronaut, penetrates the ships and spacesuits, causing ‘lunar hay fever ” to astronauts.
Moon shadows. One of the phenomena which surprised when Neil Armstrong landing on the moon, is that there the shades are much more darker than the earth’s one. This is due to the lack of atmosphere. Moon shadows are completely black. When fall into shadow, the astronauts were no longer able to see anything, regardless of the bright solar disk on the horizon.
Lunar magnetism. One of the amazing mysteries on the moon is connected with the fact that there is no magnetic field, but the stones brought form there have magnetic properties. It is believed that the moon once had a magnetic field, but for some reason it’s gone. Unless the stones are left by aliens?
The Moon also has earthquakes. Although the moon is a dead piece of rock with very low geological activity, there are some movements of the lunar crust. They call them “moonquakes.” Unlike Earth, on the moon earthquakes are caused by meteorite strikes or solar activity. The strongest lunar earthquakes is with magnitude 5.5 on the Richter scale and continue ten minutes.
Lunar funeral. There is also one lunar funeral. The ash of the American astronomer Eugene Shoemaker was transported to the moon. With this NASA expressed gratitude to the scientist who all of his life dreamed to stand on the natural satellite of our planet, but could not because of health problem.
Lunar anomalies. Some photos taken by different satellites, seeing strange things on the surface of the Moon. Sometimes they look like artificial structures – from obelisks to parallelepipeds, reaching a height of 1.5 km. NASA has never commented.
The Moon is hostile. Most of us are familiar with the fact that the Moon has no oxygen, so we can say that it is quite inhospitable place. There are also high, but terribly high temperature variations, reaching around -136 to +126 degrees.
The moon is moving away from us with 3.78 cm per year. Orbit increased by approximately the same rate at which fingernails grows.The gravitational interaction that causes this, makes one more result: the speed at which the Earth rotates, reduces and the day becomes longer.
Moon has trash on its surface. It turns out that the moon is quite contaminated with earthly trash. Perhaps this is the greatest proof that the humans really set foot there. It is believed that on the surface is 181,437 kg earthly trash, mainly residues after various experiments, pieces of satellites, etc.
Moon wasn’t there all the time. The moon was probably formed 4.5 billion years ago when a large celestial body slammed into Earth and the explosion flew rocks that come together and begin circling in orbit around the Earth. They eventually melt together, cool and turn into the moon. For 500 million years pieces of rocks continued to slam into the lunar surface.
So keep this in mind when you pick up your telescope next time and look at the Moon, I’m sure you will find it quite more interesting. And if you don’t have a telescope yet, but you always wanted, here is some useful information how to get the right one for you. And don’t forget to smile 🙂