5 News-O-Matic Articles for Teaching About the Moon
It lights up the night sky and guides our way. Its gravity controls the tides, pulling the water on the planet. And it’s the only natural satellite of Earth. We’re talking about the Moon, of course! Scientists are constantly making new discoveries about the Moon, and space science is one of our favorite subjects to cover in News-O-Matic. Our articles feature interviews with real scientists, as well as images, graphs, and videos to engage students in the wonder of Earth’s nearest neighbor. Here are a few of our recommended News-O-Matic articles for teaching students about the Moon.
The Science of Our Moon
This article provides an excellent starting point for a unit about the Moon. “The Science of Our Moon” answers some of the biggest questions that students may have, including where the Moon came from, why it has craters, and why we see only one side of the Moon. It also shares a detailed map of the lunar surface, including some of its seas and craters.
Where Did the Moon Come From?
Most scientists agree on the basic idea of how the Moon was created. They believe that it was the result of a collision between two planets about 4.5 billion years ago, early in the formation of the solar system. This article discusses how the theory of the Moon’s origin has evolved based on ongoing research on Moon rocks and computer modeling.
Water in the Moon?
Since the initial Apollo missions, one of the goals of space exploration has been to look for water on the Moon. This article explores the growing evidence indicating that water is scattered all across the Moon’s surface — and what that means for future space expeditions.
A New Map of the Moon!
For lessons related to cartography, topography, or landforms, this article shares an amazing new map that shows both sides of the Moon — the near side we can see from Earth and the far side hidden from our view. It includes all the major features of the surface of the Moon, such as craters, hills, highlands, and volcanoes. It also displays the types of rocks on the Moon, their composition, and their age.
Man in the Moon Mystery Solved
The surface of the Moon has huge dark areas. Many people think they see a face of a man in the shapes. For years, scientists thought an asteroid had created this “man in the Moon.” In this article, News-O-Matic discusses the scientific theory positing that giant volcanoes may have caused the dark spots on the Moon.