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The very thin atmosphere, known as an exosphere, contains helium, argon, neon, ammonia, methane and carbon dioxide. It also contains sodium and potassium, which are not usually found as gases in the atmospheres of Earth, Venus or Mars. Further information: List of craters on the Moon A view of a three kilometer deep larger crater Daedalus on the Moon's far side The Greek goddess of the wilderness and the hunt, Artemis, equated with the Roman Diana, one of whose symbols was the Moon and who was often regarded as the goddess of the Moon, was also called Cynthia, from her legendary birthplace on Mount Cynthus. [34] These names – Luna, Cynthia and Selene – are reflected in technical terms for lunar orbits such as apolune, pericynthion and selenocentric.

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So I'm still waiting for the book that fully engages with a daughter psychically married to her emotionally witholding mother; or a novel about an adult child's identification with and fear of an aged, demented parent that comes close to Alice Munro's portrayal of living with a spouse with Alzheimer's in "The Bear Came Over the Mountain". Lurid action is easier to come up with than the subtleties of everyday family chafing you find in works such as Death of a Salesman or A Long Day's Journey Into Night, not that those don't have their drug addiction and adultery. Maybe publishers now would reject such honesty as tame. Dunmore, Helen. "The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460 . Retrieved 2020-09-28. Joan Allen fails to breathe sufficient life into Alice Sebold's second novel to make it worth the listen, but she really doesn't have much to work with. Helen Knightly, a divorced mother of two Continue reading » The Moon is by size and mass the fifth largest natural satellite of the Solar System, categorizeable as one of its planetary-mass moons, making it a satellite planet under the geophysical definitions of the term. [18] It is smaller than Mercury and considerably larger than the largest dwarf planet of the Solar System, Pluto. While the minor-planet moon Charon of the Pluto-Charon system is larger relative to Pluto, [f] [66] the Moon is the largest natural satellite of the Solar System relative to their primary planets. [g]The Moon was volcanically active until 1.2billion years ago, which laid down the prominent lunar maria. Most of the mare basalts erupted during the Imbrian period, 3.3–3.7billion years ago, though some are as young as 1.2billion years [62] and some as old as 4.2billion years. [63] There are differing explanations for the eruption of mare basalts, particularly their uneven occurrence which mainly appear on the near-side. Causes of the distribution of the lunar highlands on the far side are also not well understood. Topological measurements show the near side crust is thinner than the far side. One possible scenario then is that large impacts on the near side may have made it easier for lava to flow onto the surface. [64] Physical characteristics In May 2011, 615–1410 ppm water in melt inclusions in lunar sample 74220 was reported, [156] the famous high-titanium "orange glass soil" of volcanic origin collected during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. The inclusions were formed during explosive eruptions on the Moon approximately 3.7 billion years ago. This concentration is comparable with that of magma in Earth's upper mantle. Although of considerable selenological interest, this insight does not mean that water is easily available since the sample originated many kilometers below the surface, and the inclusions are so difficult to access that it took 39 years to find them with a state-of-the-art ion microprobe instrument.

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There are still many questions left to answer about the Moon. And the most exciting days of lunar activity may still lie ahead as NASA sends humans on the next missions to the Moon and eventually on to Mars! For more information visit:

The newly formed Moon settled into a much closer Earth orbit than it has today. Each body therefore appeared much larger in the sky of the other, eclipses were more frequent, and tidal effects were stronger. [59] If you chose to go into someone else's reality, you had to be willing to walk. There were no shortcuts.” This is the face of the Moon that we see from Earth. This image is based on data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University The surface is exposed to drastic temperature differences ranging from 140°C to −171°C depending on the solar irradiance. Further information: List of natural satellites Size comparison of the main moons of the Solar System with Earth to scale. Nineteen moons are large enough to be round, several having subsurface oceans and one, Titan, having a considerable atmosphere.

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Waning Gibbous: The waning gibbous phase is between a full moon and a half moon. Waning means it is getting smaller.Giant impacts are thought to have been common in the early Solar System. Computer simulations of giant impacts have produced results that are consistent with the mass of the lunar core and the angular momentum of the Earth–Moon system. These simulations show that most of the Moon derived from the impactor, rather than the proto-Earth. [47] However, models from 2007 and later suggest a larger fraction of the Moon derived from the proto-Earth. [48] [49] [50] [51] Other bodies of the inner Solar System such as Mars and Vesta have, according to meteorites from them, very different oxygen and tungsten isotopic compositions compared to Earth. However, Earth and the Moon have nearly identical isotopic compositions. The isotopic equalization of the Earth-Moon system might be explained by the post-impact mixing of the vaporized material that formed the two, [52] although this is debated. [53]

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In The Almost Moon, what initially seems so grounded in relatable-to feelings turns out to be a kind of fantasy in its extremes: instead of mere dissatisfaction and divorce, the father's madness and suicide; instead of resentment and placing the mother in a hospice, murder - an acting out of improbable what-ifs that is less and less realistic, but disguisedly so. Almost every family does, in real life, have something crazy to it, but not this crazy - not craziness this various and psychotic. The Almost Moon is unrealistic, but it's leavened with realistic description, much as the previous novel's hard-to-swallow heaven is made semi-palatable by the ordinary community and family scrutinised from it. It’s no wonder that we are fascinated. The Moon is Earth’s only natural satellite and one that we can easily see most nights. What makes the Moon glow? A woman steps over the line into the unthinkable in this brilliant, powerful and unforgettable novel by the author of The Lovely Bones.The gravitational attraction that Earth and the Moon (as well as the Sun) exert on each other manifests in a slightly greater attraction on the sides closest to each other, resulting in tidal forces. Ocean tides are the most widely experienced result of this, but tidal forces also considerably affect other mechanics of Earth, as well as the Moon and their system. The prevailing theory is that the Earth–Moon system formed after a giant impact of a Mars-sized body (named Theia) with the proto-Earth. The oblique impact blasted material into orbit about the Earth and the material accreted and formed the Moon [44] [45] just beyond the Earth's Roche limit of ~ 2.56 R 🜨. [46] The Moon is a differentiated body that was initially in hydrostatic equilibrium but has since departed from this condition. [69] It has a geochemically distinct crust, mantle, and core. The Moon has a solid iron-rich inner core with a radius possibly as small as 240 kilometres (150mi) and a fluid outer core primarily made of liquid iron with a radius of roughly 300 kilometres (190mi). Around the core is a partially molten boundary layer with a radius of about 500 kilometres (310mi). [70] [71] This structure is thought to have developed through the fractional crystallization of a global magma ocean shortly after the Moon's formation 4.5billion years ago. [72] There is no wind or air on the Moon to help “erase” craters, so the surface is covered with the remains of old and new impacts. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA Almost all maria are on the near side of the Moon, and cover 31% of the surface of the near side [68] compared with 2% of the far side. [120] This is likely due to a concentration of heat-producing elements under the crust on the near side, which would have caused the underlying mantle to heat up, partially melt, rise to the surface and erupt. [73] [121] [122] Most of the Moon's mare basalts erupted during the Imbrian period, 3.3–3.7billion years ago, though some being as young as 1.2billion years [62] and as old as 4.2billion years. [63] Old hardened lava flows of Mare Imbrium forming wrinkle ridges

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