The Moon

The Moon is our constant companion in the Solar System and the only place in the universe where humans have visited. Despite this, there's still much to discover about our closest neighbour.

Moon facts and trivia

How was the Moon formed?

How far away is the Moon?

When is the next Full Moon?

What happens during a lunar eclipse?


History of the Apollo Moon landings

The missions before the Moon landing

How many people have walked on the Moon?

The strange things humans have left on the Moon

Why did we stop going to the Moon?

Moon landing conspiracy theories: debunked


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The first crewed lunar landing in 1969 was a historic triumph for the USA and humankind. Including the Apollo 11 mission, 12 men have walked on the Moon. But who were they? 


Learn how to get started in astrophotography with our step-by-step guide to photographing the Moon.


NASA recordings of the final 13 minutes of the Apollo 11 Moon landing capture the tension and the triumph of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins's historic mission. Follow the radio communications between the astronauts and Mission Control during the lunar module's descent.

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Find out everything you wanted to know about partial and total solar and lunar eclipses, including when to see them in the UK


In the 50 years since the Apollo 11 Moon landing, humans have made extraordinary progress in space exploration. But what is the next giant leap for crewed spaceflight – and could 'space tourism' soon become a reality?

Moon Behind the Trees © Emily Jeremy, Astronomy Photographer of the Year Young Commended 2014

The Moon is Earth’s most familiar companion, the closest astronomical object to the Earth. No other planet has a satellite as large in comparison to its own size.

Apollo 17 commander Eugene A Cernan is holding the lower corner of the American flag during the mission's first EVA December 12 1972 Photograph by Harrison J Jack Schmitt.jpg

In July 1969 humans landed on the Moon for the first time, as part of the Apollo 11 mission. But why haven't we been back since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972?


What can explain high tide at London Bridge as well as Nova explosions from white dwarfs?

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The story of how we got humans to the Moon is a well-documented one. But what about after we leave the lunar surface – what is left behind?

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A supermoon occurs when the Moon is at its closest point along its orbit to the Earth at the same time as a full moon.