A mini-guide to our wonderful Moon

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If the Earth were the size of a saucer then the moon would be the size of an eggcup. They would be about two car lengths apart. On this scale, our sun would be the size of a tennis court and two kilometres away.

 

We believe that the Moon was formed when the Earth collided with a rock as big as itself. The Moon was only about 22,500 km from us back then. That's the size of a side plate on the above scale.

 

The Moon is still moving away from us and one day it will be gone. However, we have discovered that Earth may have another natural satellite. Google 'Cruithne' if you don't believe me!

 

This was taken using a 75 quid lens and a cheesy Jessop's teleconverter proving that you don't need to spend a fortune to investigate the night skies.

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Taken on August 8, 2009
  • 70-300mm f/4-5.6
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