• Question: how cold is the moon???

    Asked by persionsupreme to Anil, Blanka, Cees, Emma, Mike on 28 Jun 2012. This question was also asked by worldlife, edward321.
    • Photo: Emma Trantham

      Emma Trantham answered on 28 Jun 2012:

      This is a really good question so I went to look up the answer:

      It turns out that the bits of the moon that are facing the sun get up to just over 100 degrees C in temperature! (That’s the temperature at which water boils). However the bits of the moon that don’t face the sun can get down below -200 degrees C! That’s really really cold!

      I notice you’ve asked lots of astronomy questions today – is space one of your favourite topics?

    • Photo: Michael Cook

      Michael Cook answered on 28 Jun 2012:

      This is one of my favourite moon facts! Imagine that – the temperature drops 300 degrees at sunset! Fantastic.