Friday, January 29, 2010

fun facts

In honor of tonights "wolf" moon, I thought I would share a few fun moon facts.
{I know I am a dork! }

  • a wolf moon is the first full moon of the year
  • the term "honeymoon" is derived from the Babylonians who declared mead, a honey-flavored wine, the official wedding drink, stipulating that the bride's parents be required to keep the groom supplied with the drink for the month following the wedding
  • the moon actually has mirrors on it. they were left there by astronauts who wanted to bounce laser beams off them, so that the distance to the moon can be measured
  • jupiter's moon ganymede is the largest moon in the solar system, and is larger than the planets mercury and pluto {i know, i know, pluto is no longer a planet}
  • all the moons of the solar system are named after greek and roman mythology, except the moons of uranus, which are named after shakespearean characters
  • a "blue moon" is the second full moon in a calendar month {it is rarely blue}
  • 27% of americans believe we never landed on the moon
  • when the moon is directly over your head, you weigh slightly less {i think i am just going to follow the moon around }


  1. Wow, I knew there were people who thought we faked the moon landing, but over 1 in 4? Geez, people have too much time on their hands!

  2. I never doubted we landed on the moon until last week when my space-nerd army-boy husband said something to the effect of, " WAS really improbable..." WHAT?!? Now I'm not so sure...