The Moon is the Earth's only natural satellite. As it orbits the Earth each month, it appears to change from a crescent to a full circle and back again, glowing in the sky as it reflects the sun's light. Humans have been fascinated by the Moon for centuries and in 1969 we even visited for the first time. But how did it get there? What is it made from? And why does it go through different phases?
The origin of our Moon has long been a mystery. Explore the 3 plausible theories and make up your own mind.
It may be fanciful to think that the Moon is made of cheese, or that there is a man in the Moon, but how did we work out what the Moon is made from?
Samples from the Moon and from lunar meteorites allow us to compare its age and structure with Earth.
As the Earth orbits the Sun, the Moon orbits the Earth. Find out about the Moon's phases and the effect of its gravity on the Earth.