How many moons does the Earth have?

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trophyhunter1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Earth has only one moon. It is considered to be a satellite of the Earth. It contains impact craters that can be seen from Earth. The same side of the moon always faces the Earth. The Moon has an affect on the tides due to its gravitational pull. The reason the Moon appears to be bright is that it reflects the sunlight back to the Earth. The moon  has 27% the diameter and 60% the density of Earth. Theories about the formation of the Moon include that it formed from debris left over after a giant impact between Earth and a large body. It is thought to be 4.5 billion years old, and is the only celestial body humans have walked upon, besides the Earth.

astrosonuthird | Student
Our planet has only one moon. But I think there will be zero in near future. DO YOU KNOW WHY??? the moon is going away from earth day by day. I think it is due to the expansion of the cosmos. DO YOU KNOW? how the moon was formed A large meteorite struck the earth one day. the pieces combined and formed our satellite.
mccjun82 | Student

Unlike most planets in our solar system, Earth only has one moon. Only Mercury and Venus, which don't have any moons, have fewer moons than Earth.

Having no moons or only one is relatively unusual for our solar system. Our nearest planetary neighbor Mars has two, and even tiny Pluto, which I stubbornly refer to as a planet though modern science disagrees, has three.

The planets with the most moons are:Neptune with thirteen moons, Uranus with twenty-seven moons, Saturn with sixty-two moons, and great big Jupiter with sixty-three moons.

I hope this helps!

mishramanish | Student

Earth has only one moon.Our nearest neighbor in space, the Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth. Apart from the Sun, it is the brightest object in the sky. It is 384,400 kilometers from Earth and has a diameter of 3,476 kilometers. Great plains stretch over the moon's surface, dotted with huge mountains and scarred by numerous craters.

The Moon, of course, has been known since prehistoric times. The moon was called Luna by the Romans, Selene and Artemis by the Greeks, and many other names in other mythologies.

As the Moon orbits around the Earth once per month, the angle between the Earth, the Moon and the Sun changes and we see this as the cycle of the Moon's phases. The time between successive new moons is 29.5 days (709 hours), slightly different from the Moon's orbital period (as measured against the stars) since the Earth moves a significant distance in its orbit around the Sun in that time.

user4584608 | Student

Only 1 :P

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