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


Explore more

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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.

A Titanium Moon © Miguel Claro

Check the dates for every full Moon throughout the year, and learn about lunar phases, 'supermoons' and more below.

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Blue moons, Harvest moons, Worm moons? Find out more about the ancient names associated with the phases of the Moon - and what they mean.

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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. 

Blue Sky Moon © Michael O'Connell, Astronomy Photographer of the Year Our Solar System Winner 2009

There are two different definitions of a blue moon: in one there is a blue moon in 2019 whereas in the other, there aren’t any at all! In any case, these are fairly common events, happening once every two to three years.


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.

Lunar Eclipse and Occultation © Jathin Premjith, Astronomy Photographer of the Year Young Winner 2011

Find out what a lunar eclipse is and when the next total lunar eclipse in the UK will occur, as well as expert tips on how to see it from astronomers at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

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

Mauna Kea Moonset © Sean Goebel.jpg

The Moon photographed from the ISS

In space, no one can hear you scream. Or sing for that matter. But that hasn't prevented generations of musicians from being inspired by the Moon and Moon landings.