With the Total Solar Eclipse occurring in a few days, we’re shedding some light on our Moon MOVA Globe. The moon is the Earth’s only natural satellite and is the largest satellite relative to the planet it orbits. Although the actual moon’s features won’t be seen during Totality – the stage where the moon completely blocks the sun and appears as a dark disk – here are some notable features of the Moon to look for on the MOVA Globe and tips for how to decorate the globe in your home.
5 Features of the Moon
1. Luna Maria: These are the dark regions scattered across the Moon. Maria is Latin for “seas” and are solidified lava flows from about 3.5 billion years ago. The lighter regions on the Moon are called the Lunar Highlands because of their higher altitude.
2. Mare Tranquillitatis: Translated as the “Sea of Tranquility”, this region contains the landing site of Apollo 11 – the spacecraft that landed the first two humans on the moon.
3. Montes Apenninus: Montes Apenninus is the Moon’s highest mountain range. It includes Mons Huygens, the Moon’s tallest mountain, standing at 17,424 feet. The range extends over 250 miles.
4. Copernicus Crater: One of the most prominent impact craters on the Moon. Measuring 58 miles in diameter, it appears on the Moon with light-colored streaks or “rays” on the lunar surface. These rays are formed by material that blew out from the impact that caused the crater.
5. Tycho Crater: Tycho is another prominent impact crater on the Moon, measuring 52 miles in diameter. It’s circled by a grey halo and appears close to the southern polar region. The freshness of the crater and the rays of material radiating from it suggest this is a young crater.
Moon Decor Ideas
The Moon MOVA Globe displays the satellite in a cool, greyish shade similar to its surface appearance – this neutral color makes it fit with any décor or surface. The globe pairs well with metallic and gold items, as well as potted plants. Adding a spaceship, astronaut figurine, or something tech-related makes the globe stand out and come to life as a recreation of our beloved Moon.