3d. Creation Cycle

Creation

There are many theories of how the moon was formed. The most widely accepted today is the giant-impact theory. It proposes that the Moon formed during a collision between the Earth and another small planet, about the size of Mars. The debris from this impact collected in an orbit around Earth to form the Moon!

Types of Full Moons

Full Wolf
Moon

January

The howling of wolves is often heard at this time of year.

Full Snow
Moon

February

This is usually the month with the heaviest snowfall.

Full Worm
Moon

March

Larvae emerges from the bark of trees around this time.

Full Pink
Moon

April

Moss pink wildflowers - one of the 1st spring flowers - are in bloom.

Full Flower
Moon

May

An abundance of flowers are in bloom this month.

Full Strawberry
Moon

June

The best time to gather ripening strawberries.

Full Buck
Moon

July

During this time, a male deer’s antlers are fully grown.

Full Sturgeon
Moon

August

Sturgeon are most readily caught during this time.

Full Corn
Moon

September

The best time to harvest corn in the northeast.

Full Hunter
Moon

October

Time for hunting and gathering food for the long months ahead.

Full Beaver
Moon

November

Beavers finish preparing for winter and go to their dens.

Full Cold
Moon

December

The cold becomes harsher & the nights become long & dark.

Moon
Phases

The Moon has phases because it orbits Earth, which causes the portion we see illuminated to change 8 different times. The Moon takes 27.3 days to orbit Earth, but the lunar phase cycle (from new Moon to new Moon) is 29.5 days. The Moon spends the extra 2.2 days "catching up" because Earth travels about 45 million miles around the Sun during the time the Moon completes one orbit around Earth.

New Moon
Waxing Crescent Moon
1st Quarter
Waxing Gibbous Moon
Full Moon
Waning Crescent Moon
3rd Quarter
Waning Gibbous Moon
Only 12 people have walked on the moon. All of them are from the United States.
24. Astronaut
• Apollo 11 (1969)
○ Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
○ Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin (1930-)
• Apollo 14 (1971)
○ Alan B. Shepard Jr. (1923-1998)
○ Edgar D. Mitchell (1930-2016)
• Apollo 16 (1972)
○ Charles M. Duke (1935-)
○ John W. Young (1930-2018)
• Apollo 12 (1969)
○ Charles Conrad (1930-1999)
○ Alan Bean (1932-2018)
• Apollo 15 (1971)
○ David R. Scott (1932-)
○ James B. Irwin (1930-1991)
• Apollo 17 (1972)
○ Eugene Cernan (1934-2017)
○ Harrison H. Schmitt (1935-)

Moon Statistics

  • Diameter: 3,475 km
  • Mass: 7.35 × 10^22 kg (0.0123 of Earth's)
  • Orbit Period: 27.3 days
  • Tilt of axis: 6.68°
  • Surface Temperature: -414 to 253 °F
  • The Moon is moving approximately 3.8 cm away from our planet every year.
  • A person would weigh about one-sixth of their weight on Earth due to weaker gravity.