A light in the night sky or just a big rock? Either way, it's the Moon and it's not made of cheese!

Our Moon

Picture of the Moon showing the many craters on its surface

What are all the patterns on it?

The Moon has 3 major features which can be seen with the naked eye. The first feature is the seas, dark spaces which look smooth. The second feature is the highlands, light spaces which look rough. The final feature is the craters, rough circle dents in the Moon's surface.

What is the Moon?

The Moon is a big ball of rock which floats around the Earth. It bounces light from the Sun to the Earth which is why it shines bright, rather than burning bright. It was formed when a planet the size of Mars hit the young Earth. The Moon was first visited by humans in 1969 and we have been back several times since.

James Gooding, 2017

All image credits go to NASA (and respective centers/universities)