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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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.


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?

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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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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?

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.

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Sleep trouble. Violent behaviour. Mental health. Menstrual cycles. All these and more have at one time or another been associated with the Moon. 


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

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Why do people see faces in the Moon? And what shapes do you see?


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


Anyone can enjoy looking at the Moon, but can anybody claim to 'own' it? Find out about the laws governing nations and people in outer space - and why 'buying' a plot of land on the Moon might not be all that it seems.