Fact of the Day: That’s a huge moon crater!

Did you know that the largest crater on the moon measures 183 miles across?



Craters on the Moon are caused by asteroids and meteorites colliding with the lunar surface. The Moon’s surface is currently covered with thousands of craters.

Why does the Moon have so many craters compared to the Earth? Because unlike the Earth, the Moon has no atmosphere to protect itself from impacting bodies. It also has very little geologic activity (like volcanoes) or weathering (from wind or rain) so craters remain intact from billions of years. The Earth is also covered in water and vegetation which easily disguises impact craters.