And Whats Inside

Geologically, the moon is apparently as dead as it is biologically. Astronauts have left seismic instruments on the lunar surface, which have recorded only the slightest seismic activity, barely perceptible, in contrast to the exciting (and sometimes terribly destructive) seismic activity common on Earth and some other bodies in the solar system.

It is believed, then, that the interior of the moon is uniformly dense, poor in heavy elements (such as iron) but high in silicates. The core of the moon, about 250 miles (402 km) in diameter, may be partially molten. Around this core is probably an inner mantle, perhaps 300 miles (483 km) thick, consisting of semisolid rock, and around this layer, a solid outer mantle some 550 miles (885 km) thick. The lunar crust is of variable thickness, ranging from 40 to 90 miles (64 to 145 km) or so.

The moon is responsible for everything from the earth's tides to the length of our day, and perhaps the presence of seasons. Most astronomers think that the moon is with us today because of a gigantic collision early in the life of the solar system. The moon's gravity pulls tides across the earth's surface, and its presence has slowed the rotation of the earth from a frenetic 6 hours to our current 24. Think of that next time you see the moon shining peacefully over your head.

The Least You Need to Know

V The features of the lunar surface are at their most dramatic when the moon is in one of its crescent phases; however, there are fascinating observations to make during all lunar phases.

V The earth's gravitational field holds the moon in orbit, but the moon's gravitation also profoundly influences the earth, creating ocean tides and slowing our days ever so slightly over the millenia.

V The moon is biologically dead and geologically inactive.

V There is abundant evidence that the moon was formed as a result of a collision between the earth and another planet-size object very early in the history of the solar system.

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