Moon Day is dedicated to Earth’s satellite, which has a strong influence on our planet and people. The moon has been orbiting the Earth for 4.5 billion years. Since the beginning of humanity, the satellite has been perceived as a source of miracles and magic. July 20 is a great occasion to read more about this satellite.
In 1971, American President Richard Nicholson declared July 20 as Moon Day. On this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first landed on the lunar surface. The famous Apollo 11 delivered the astronauts to the moon. After this significant event, many states proposed to establish a Moon Day holiday. President Nixon supported this initiative.
Interesting factss about Earth’s satellite
- One side of the moon always faces the Earth.
- The moon is 400 times smaller than the Sun, and also 400 times closer to the Earth than the star that warms us.
- The moon influences the sea and tides.
- It formed 4.5 billion years ago when a space body the size of Mars crashed into our planet.
- There are trees grown from 500 seeds that were in orbit around the moon.
How to take part
Take the time to learn more about the Moon. Another interesting topic to study is the Apollo 11 mission. Get a telescope and look at the surface of the moon if the sky isn’t overcast. Share this holiday on social networks, using the #NationalMoonDay hashtag.
When is Moon Day celebrated in 2023?
Moon Day is observed on July 20 each year.