The Moon


Darrius H.

A photo of the Moon covered by clouds so it's just a photo of clouds.

In the past, no one knew about the moon until in 1610 when Galileo Galilei discovered it. When he found moons orbiting Jupiter, he knew that other planets in the galaxy, including Earth, could have moons. So far, the moon is the largest and brightest object during the night on Earth. 

The Moon has a diameter of 2,159 miles and has 4 kinds of layers (mantle, partial melt, fluid outer core, and solid inner core). It helps make Earth a sustainable planet that supports a diversity of life. The Moon keeps the tides and weather stable and preventing it to be a problem to human life. It is so far the fifth largest moon out of 190+ moons orbiting different planets in the Solar System. 

Like many other moons, the Moon is mostly made of rock. It was made by a collision of two planets ejecting all types of things such as debris, rocks, and other types of minerals. As millions of years passed, the Moon was finally made. Since it has no atmosphere, the Moon is vulnerable to any type of asteroids or meteors. Therefore, any object that crashes into the Moon creates a new crater that has a diameter of about 10-15 meters. To add on, when something crashes into the Moon, pieces of rock are ejected starting at 5,000 F. 

Even though the Moon is much smaller than the Earth, they have many similarities, For example, the Earth has different eclipses like a lunar and solar eclipse. That goes the same for the moon, however, the moon has phases. It takes around 27.5 days for the Moon to go through all its phases. Those phases are Waning Crescent, Third Quarter, Waning Gibbous, Full Moon, Waxing Gibbous, First Quarter, Waxing Crescent, and last but not least, the new moon for a total of 8 phases. This repeats forever until the Moon somehow disappeared or a natural disaster wipes out the whole universe. 

To sum it up, the Moon is life. Some people think that the Moon is only just there because it helps us tell what time it is. However, the Moon does more than that. It keeps the Earth and the sea stable. To add on, the Moon is also beautiful. Since its the only thing that keeps the night bright, sometimes it’s worth going outside and taking a picture with.