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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Mauna Kea Moonset © Sean Goebel.jpg

Super Moon by Giorgia Hofer.jpg

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.

Apollo 11 crew primary image © NASA

Michael Collins is the often forgotten third astronaut on the Apollo 11 mission. He remained in the Command Module as Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon’s surface in 1969.

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.

Apollo 10 command module

2019 was the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and humans walking on the Moon. But it also saw the anniversaries of Apollo 9 and 10. 

Artemis Logo.jpg

NASA's Artemis mission aims to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024. But how is it planning to get there? Find out more about the new era in space exploration. 

Color-Full Moon © Nicolas Lefaudeux

Do we really need the Moon in the night sky? What is its actual purpose?

A Titanium Moon © Miguel Claro

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

Apollo 11 moon footprint

The Moon landings were faked. Apollo 11 didn't happen. Humans never set foot on the Moon. Heard all this before?

Le Voyage Dans la Lune

The Moon has been a destination in the human imagination long before we could travel there, from the 'first science fiction narrative' by Lucian of Samosata in the 2nd century CE to the sci-fi movies of the early 20th century. 

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