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The moon orbits the earth approximately every 27¼ days.
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The moon orbits the earth approximately every 27¼ days. The moon reflects sunlight on to the earth. It is over a quarter of Earth's diameter which is much larger in comparison with its planet than any other in the solar system.

However, despite its size, gravity on the moon is about a sixth of that on the earth. For example, an object weighing 100 pounds on the earth would weight only 17 pounds on the moon.

Learn more about our moon and its function with tides in JetStream - An Online School for Weather.

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