A composite of the phases of the Moon, as seen from the Bifrost Astronomical Observatory in Arizona, USA. Credit: Fred Espenak.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing we’re celebrating all things space!
So pop on your spacesuit and slide on your moon-boots … because our Moon Quiz is about to test how out-of-this-world your Moon knowledge really is.
#1. Which planet has the largest moon?
Ganymede, one of Jupiter’s moons, is the largest moon in our solar system.
#2. Which was the first crewed mission to land on the Moon?
Apollo 11 was the first mission to land humans on the Moon.
#3. Who was the first to set foot on the Moon?
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin made the first Moon landing in 1969. Neil was the first to step on the Moon’s surface.
#4. What happens during a lunar eclipse?
The Sun blocks moonlight
The Moon blocks sunlight
The Earth blocks sunlight
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are exactly or very closely aligned.
#5. Where on the Moon did the Apollo 11 lunar module land?
Sea of Tranquility
Sea of Storms
Sea of Rains
Sea of Scorpio
The Sea of Tranquility, or Mare Tranquillitatis, was the landing site of Eagle, Apollo 11’s lunar module.
#6. How far is the Moon from Earth?
The Moon is Earth’s only natural satellite, and orbits at an average of 384,400kms from Earth.
#7. Which phenomenon does the Moon influence on Earth?
Tidal bulge is a phenomenon influenced by a combination of the Moon’s gravitational effect, inertial effects and the gravity of the Sun.
#8. Compared to Earth, is the Moon’s density higher, lower, or the same?
By examining rocks brought back from the lunar surface, geologists found that the density of the Moon (3.3 g/cm3) is less than the density of Earth (5.5 g/cm3).