With the recent passing of Neil Armstrong, many of us have looked to the night sky in his memory. Armstrong, who commanded the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969, was born in Wapakoneta, in western Ohio. Along with other pioneering astronauts, he changed the way we look at moon and what we know about the mysterious orb. Though you may not be able to attend Armstrong's official memorial, you can have your own for him this month: on August 31, a Blue Moon will occur. The perfect time to honor the first man on the moon!
Here are some facts about the moon to get you in the mood for some serious midnight gazing:
- It takes 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 3 seconds for the moon to go through all of its phases, from one full moon to the next. This time period is close to the length of a month -- which is why the word "month" is derived from the Old English word for "moon."
Thanks, Neil Armstrong, for inspiring generations and nations, and for showing us a different side of the moon.