The Distance from Earth to Moon

You might be surprised. Often when we see drawings of the Earth and the Moon, they look really close together. Don’t be fooled! They’re actually really far apart. The Moon is an average of 238,855 miles (384,400 km) away. How far away is that? That’s 30 Earths.

In this short explainer, Universe Today publisher Fraser Cain demonstrates just how far away the Moon really is, and explains the methods scientists use to discover its distance. Did you know the Moon is slowly drifting away from us?


READ MORE: Making Air From Moon Dust: Scientists Create a Prototype Oxygen Plant


2 Responses

  • Hi Ignat,I absolutely love your website. I have been learning about a lot of different things. My granddaughter and I were just discussing black holes, we both think they are some of the strangest and most fascinating objects found in outer space.I book marked your site and can’t wait for her to see it. I know Einstein first predicted black holes in 1916 and Wheeler coined the term “black hole” in 1967. It is fascinating that many people think that black holes suck objects in, but in reality they fall in. Great job and thank you for all the super cool information.

    • Thanks Dana!

      Yeah, I like black holes as well – they are full with mysteries! It’s really hard to imagine that kind of mass and gravity. The other thing bothering my mind is why there is one big black hole in the center of every Galaxy? I have some articles HERE, HERE and HERE about them, you and your daughter can have a look 🙂 

      Thanks and keep wondering! 

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