In an unbelievable coincidence, the moon is exactly four hundred times smaller than the Sun but four hundred times closer to the Earth, so that both the Sun and the Moon appear to be precisely the same size in the sky – which gives us the phenomenon we call a total eclipse.
The bishop of Orlando is also bishop of the moon, due to a canon law that says “any newly discovered territory would fall under the bishopric from whence the discovering expedition departed.” His is therefore the largest Catholic diocese, at over 14,000,000 square miles.
In 1953, an amateur astronomer saw and photographed a bright white light on the lunar surface. He believed it was a rare asteroid impact, but professional astronomers dismissed and disputed “Stuart’s Event” for 50 years. In 2003, NASA looked for and found the crater.
Planetary scientist Eugene Shoemaker is the only human in history to have their ashes buried on the moon.
The US Air Force developed a top-secret plan to detonate a nuclear bomb on the moon as a display of military might at the height of the Cold War. The mathematical modelling for the explosion was done by Carl Sagan.
There will be a full moon on this coming Friday the 13th. There won’t be another Friday the 13th with a full moon until 2049.
Moon dust is incredibly sharp because there is no wind or water to erode it and wear it down. It cuts through kevlar-like material and is harmful to humans, causing a disease called Moon Hay Fever.
There is over 400000 pounds of man-made trash and debris on the moon, including 96 bags of urine, feces, and vomit.
The sun and moon appear to be the same size because of an astonishing coincidence: the moon is 400 times smaller but 400 times closer.
NASA is planning to grow plants on the moon by 2015 – “If they can thrive, we probably can too”.
The full moon always rises at sunset. The new moon always rises at sunrise. The first quarter rises at noon. And the last quarter at midnight.
Without the Moon the Earth’s axis would shift unpredictably and seasons would not be constant.