What is a Lunar Month?
A lunar month is the time the moon takes to pass through a complete cycle of it’s phases and is measured from New Moon to New Moon. A lunar month is about 29.5 days (29 days, 12 hours, 43 minutes, 11.6 seconds)
Why is a Lunar month (29.5 days) longer than the number of days it takes the Moon to orbit the Earth (27 )?
Whilst the Moon is orbiting the Earth, the Earth is constantly moving because it is orbiting the sun. The Moon therefore travels slightly more than 360° to get from one new moon to the next. Thus the lunar month is longer.
How fast does the Moon travel around the Earth?
The moon orbits Earth at an avaerage speed of 2,288 miles per hour (3,683 kilometres per hour).
The Moon travels at different speeds during different parts of its orbit. It moves slowest when it is at furthest distance from Earth. The Moon moves fastest in its orbit when it is closest to Earth.
What distance does the Moon travel around the Earth?
The Moon travels a distance of 1,423,000 miles (2,290,000 kilometres) around the Earth
Did you know:
That the Moon has a diameter of 2,000 miles ( 3,476 kilometres).
The surface of the Moon has about the same area as the continent of Africa.
Did you know:
That The surface of the moon has many things on it such as craters, lava plains, mountains, and valleys.
Scientists believe the craters were formed around 3.5 to 4.5 billion years ago by meteors hitting the moon’s surface.
Those are my facts about the moon. Please Comment and tell me what you think of them!