The moon cannot circle the Earth in a 24-hour period. It takes approximately 27 days for the moon to orbit the Earth. In a one-year period, the moon circles the Earth 13 times.
The moon also rotates on its axis, and because of the force of gravity between the Earth and the moon, the moon completes only one rotation during the time that it completes its Earth orbit. The gravity-controlled slow rotation holds the moon in the same position in relation to the Earth showing the Earth the same side throughout the orbit. The other side, never seen from Earth, is the dark side of the moon.Learn More
The moon is not bigger than the Earth as it has a diameter of approximately 2,159 square miles, which is about one-quarter of the size of Earth. In addition to being smaller than the Earth, the moon is much lighter. It weighs approximately 80 times less than Earth, but what it lacks in density, the moon makes up for in luminosity.Full Answer >
The main way the moon affects the Earth is the tides. The moon plays an important role in protecting the Earth from space rocks, such as meteorites. More subtle effects of the moon include minor effects on climate, the heat of the crust and the speed of the Earth's rotation.Full Answer >
The moon travels in an elliptical orbit, and at perigee, the closest it gets to Earth, it stands about 225,623 miles, or 363,104 kilometers away.Full Answer >
The Earth's moon takes 27 Earth days to completely orbit the Earth. A day on the moon is also equal to a little over 27 days on Earth.Full Answer >