The Moon

Moon's Atmosphere

By Brummerh | Cosmo | 24 Oct 2021


In the early 1600s, astronomers used telescopes to observe the Moon. The first telescope was built in 1608. During this time, scientists were able to see four craters on the Moon: the three "big" craters on the lunar surface, the far side of the Moon, and the impact craters. 

The telescope observations led to the discovery that the Moon is covered with a thin atmosphere, like that on Earth.

The atmosphere of the Moon is extremely thin, and so it can block most of the light from the Sun and objects in the sky. Because of this, we cannot directly observe the Moon with the eyes of a telescope.

You can get an idea of how thin the Moon's atmosphere is by looking at the Moon during a full Moon. Because the Moon is so bright, it's easy to see that the Moon looks dark during a full moon, but if you stare at the Moon for 10 minutes or longer, you can see that the lunar surface appears a light gray color. This is due to the scattering of light by the atmosphere of the Moon.

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