TITLE

THE MOON

PUB. DATE
January 2000
SOURCE
Peterson Field Guide to Stars & Planets;2000, p348
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents information on the moon. The moon is often the most prominent object in the nighttime sky. The moon is somewhat more than one-quarter the diameter of the earth. This makes it the largest substantial satellite in the solar system in comparison to its parent planet. The moon orbits the earth every 27¼ days with respect to the stars. The moon must orbit the earth a bit farther to get back to the same place with respect to the line between the earth and the sun. The moon reaches this point in a couple of days, making the synodic period of the moon equal to 29½ days. The synodic period is the interval between two successive conjunctions of two celestial bodies, in this case conjunctions of the moon and sun as observed from the earth.
ACCESSION #
17884427

 

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