The moon is not made of cheese

The following 10 statements about our moon all contain factual errors.

Listen to David Rothery talking about our moon and correct the statements. (print statements here)

  1. Our moon is the only moon that doesn’t have a particular colour.
  2. It’s not just the moon that causes bubbles in the Earth’s oceans.
  3. Pieces of the moon sometimes move around.
  4. As everybody knows, the moon has a dark side.
  5. It was the discovery of the moons of Jupiter that first demonstrated that not all motion in the universe goes around the Sun.
  6. Only planets can have moons.
  7. Most moons orbit in the same direction that their planet is orbiting.
  8. Saturn’s moon Io is the most volcanically active body in the solar system.
  9. Some moons are so cold that the ice on the surface behaves just like ice from the fridge.
  10. Moons such as Jupiter’s Europa are some of the more likely places where water could be found.

Key – Corrected moon facts!

  1. Our moon is the only moon that doesn’t have its own name.
  2. It’s not just the moon that causes tides in the Earth’s oceans.
  3. Pieces of the moon sometimes fall to earth.
  4. Contrary to belief, there is no dark side of the moon.
  5. It was the discovery of the moons of Jupiter that first demonstrated that not all motion in the universe goes around the Earth.
  6. It’s not just planets that can have moons.
  7. Most moons orbit in the same direction that their planet is spinning.
  8. Jupiter’s moon Io is the most volcanically active body in the solar system.
  9. Some moons are so cold; the ice on the surface behaves just like rock.
  10. Moons such as Jupiter’s Europa are some of the more likely places where alien life could be found.

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