What Are the Moon's Surroundings?

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The moon is actually made out of two different types of land. Find out about the moon's surroundings with help from an astrophysics professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Eylene Pirez, and I'm an astrophysicist and this is "what are the moon's surroundings?" So, if you were to stand on the moon, what would you see? Well, in the surface, the surface of the moon, it's made out of two types of land, the mare, or the Maria's, and the highlands. Now, the Marias are a dark, kind of smoother area, and then, the highlands are the oldest ground of the moon, and they're heavily cratered. So, this is where you see a lot of crater. But, the one thing that you find, common, all over the moon, is something called the regolith, and the regolith is pieces of fragmented rocks. So, the entire surface is covered by this, you know, small rocks have been fragmented and is kinda mixed with bedrocks, but it's covering the entire surface. So, that's what the surface of the moon is made out of. There is no atmosphere, so you wouldn't feel wind, or anything like that, and it gets as cold as minus 153 degrees Celsius, to 107 degrees Celsius. So, the temperature fluctuation is very high. Also, if you were to stand on the moon and look out, you would see the sun and the stars as kind of how we see it, and you will also see them rise and set because the moon is also spinning. So, you do get to see sets and rises, and you will get to see the moon, the Earth, fairly clearly. My name is Eylene Pirez, and these are the surroundings of the moon.

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