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Basic Information

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  • Orbits around the Earth
  • Has a radius of 1740 Km (making it the 5th biggest moon).
  • Has a rocky composition with a poor metal content.
  • No atmosphere
  • Shows different phases based on the moon's position in its orbit.

How Has The Moon Benefited Earth?

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  • Controls Water movement (tides)
  • Fixed the Earths wobble (see Earth Creation/History for more information)
  • May Also help Protect us from collisions from other objects (ex. Meteors)
  • Provides natural light during the night as a result from the reflection of light from the Sun