The moon is Earth's only satellite, it is one of the largest natural satellites in the Solar System. The average distance of the Moon from the Earth is around 240,000 miles, or just over one light-second.
The Moon is thought to have formed about 4.51 billion years ago, not long after Earth. There are several hypotheses for its origin; the most widely accepted explanation is that the Moon formed from the debris left over after a giant impact between Earth and a Mars-sized body called Theia.
The Moon is in synchronous rotation with Earth, always showing the same face, with its near side marked by dark volcanic maria that fill the spaces between the bright ancient crustal highlands and the prominent impact craters.
Data Captured 22nd December, 2015.
250x 1/1250 second exposures at ISO100
Orion Europa 200
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