Moon (Earth's)

Moon (Earth's)

The moon is a planet that revolves around the Earth. Reflection from the sun's rays make the moon 'shine'; it does not give out light of its own. In ancient times the Moon was thought to represent the feminine nature, while the Sun was thought to represent the more active, male nature.

About Moon (Earth's)

The Moon (Latin: luna) is the only natural satellite of the Earth, and the fifth largest satellite in the Solar System. It is the largest natural satellite of a planet in the Solar System relative to the size of its primary, having 27% the diameter and 60% the density of Earth, resulting in 81 its mass. The Moon is the second densest satellite after Io, a satellite of Jupiter. The Moon is in synchronous rotation with Earth, always showing the same face with its near side marked by dark volcanic maria that fill between the bright ancient crustal highlands and the prominent impact craters. It is the brightest object in the sky after the Sun, although its surface is actually very dark, with a reflectance similar to that of coal. Its prominence in the sky and its regular cycle of phases have, since ancient times, made the Moon an important cultural influence on language, calendars, art and mythology.

Contributions by Bryan Derksen, Curps, and Urhixidur.

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