|Proper Name||The Moon|
|Orbital Period||27.4 days|
|Distance from Earth||363,396 - 405,504 km|
225,804 - 251,968 miles
|Rotation Period||655 hours, 43 minutes|
|Mean Diameter||3,476 km|
Key features on the visible face of the Moon.
The single large moon of the planet Earth. A cratered and barren body, its orbit is such that, within
certain minor variations, it always shows the same face towards its mother planet.
The first sliver of a New Moon, when the Moon begins to move away from the
Sun in the sky, appears at intervals of about 29½ days. This regular event forms the basis of some of
Earth's oldest calendars.
eSky © copyright Mark Fisher 1999-2016
Surface maps courtesy Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Copyright © California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. All rights reserved.