Mean Distance from Earth (Average): 383,990 km
Distance from Earth at Perigee: 362,570 km
DIstance from Earth at Apogee: 405,410 km
Orbital speed: 3,679.2 km/h
Radius: 1,737.1 km (0.273 Earths)
Mass: 7.3477 x 1022 kg (0.0123 Earths)
Age: 4.5 billion years
Why does the Moon change shape?
- The Moon does not actually change shape but rather the part of the moon that is lit by the sun changes and gives the appearance of the moon changing shape. Soon we will put up a diagram here that explains this more fully.
How does the Moon influence werewolves?
- What is well known is that the moon and in particular the full moon have a very strong influence on werewolves. Almost all new werewolves and certainly young werewolves experience transformation during the full moon and for 24 hours before and after.
Older and trained werewolves can control their transformations better but even they experience the pull of the full moon in terms of stronger powers and a higher likelihood of transforming on the full moon.
Why this happens is less well known, whether it’s due to the pull of gravitational forces or the tricks of the moonlight. This is a very complex issue and we will have more detail on this posted soon.
Does the Moon influence anything else on Earth?
- Yes it certainly does. Tides on the ocean are one such example. The gravitational pull of the Moon pulls the oceans so much that between high tide and low tide the water might rise as much as 16 meters (53 feet).
Why does the Moon change?
- The Moon appears to change shape because of the light from the Sun and the system of the Moon orbiting the earth. There will soon be a diagram here to help explain this better.
Glossary of Lunar Terms
Apogee – The point in the Moon’s orbit of the Earth where it is the farthest from the Earth.
Perigee - The point in the Moon’s orbit of the Earth where it is the closest to the Earth.
Supermoon – When the Full Moon and the Perigee (closest point to the Earth) occur at the same time it creates an effect known as a Supermoon which causes very high tides and very intense and powerful werewolf transformations.
Moon Age - The moon’s lunar cycle that lasts about 29 days. The moon age is the number of days since the beginning of that cycle which starts at 0 with the New Moon.