Our Moon and other moons of the Solar System. Starter 1/25/13. What do you already know about our Moon?. What is a moon?. A moon is a natural satellite of a planet or dwarf planet There are over 170 moons around the planets and dwarf planets in our solar system. Planets and numbers of moons.
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PlanetNumber of known moons
Pluto 3 (maybe 4)
Meteor Crater (Arizona)
Tycho Crater (Moon)
Impact into icy ground
Shouldn’t the Earth be covered in craters too? Why isn’t it?
Runny lava makes flat lava plains.
Slightly thicker lava makes broad shield volcanoes.
Thickest lava makes steep stratovolcanoes.
Heat build-up allows lava to well up to surface.
Cooled lava is smoother and darker than surroundings.
Early surface is covered with craters.
Large impact crater weakens crust.
Top 10ish moons in the solar system (with other terrestrial bodies for comparison)