Saturday, March 10, 2012

Moon Answers

So in my last post, I asked where three things are on the moon:
1. Copernicus Crater
2. Mare Tranquillitas
3. Oceanus Procellarum

Kudos to John for getting Mare Tranquillitas!

Here are the answers:
 I found the answers on this website. I liked it because it was fairly simple. There are lots more features to learn on the moon!

A bit more info:
Copernicus Crater is one of many craters on the moon caused by meteorites crashing into it. It's estimated to be about 800 million years old.

Mare and Oceanus mean Sea and Ocean. They really aren't filled with water (hopefully you know this!) They are covered by lava, though, that's what makes them look dark.

Mare Tranquillitas means Sea of Tranquility in Latin, and as John pointed out in his comment on the last post, it's where Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong landed on the moon.

Oceanus Procellarum means Ocean of Storms and it's the largest of the lunar marias (seas and oceans). Several lunar probes landed here, as well as Apollo 12. Crater Copernicus is near its eastern edge.

So go take a good look at the moon and see what you can find. There are mountains up to 5 km (3 miles) high on the moon, lots more craters, maria, and other fun stuff. And if you're really lucky, maybe you will even see a cow jump over the moon!

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