We now know that the Moon is the Earth's only natural satellite and is thought to have formed approximately 4.5 billion years ago probably in a fiery planetary collision between the Earth and a Mars sized body called Theia.
In 1969 people finally got the chance to walk on the moon, with the success of the Apollo 11 mission. Two US pilot-astronauts beat the Russians in flying a Lunar Module on each of six NASA missions - Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Since then a total of twelve men have landed on the Moon.
If your little ones are interested in luna history, than prepare for something special this February half term, as the Astronomy Centre is hosting a programme exploring all of the past, present and future missions to the Moon, with interactive activities including a science quiz and tuition in making a dial that shows the phases of the Moon.
Hard-core space fans should also stay for the Sky Tonight evenings, have a look at the weekend family workshops run by the Royal Observatory throughout February and we also strongly recommend spending an afternoon at the Cosmonaut's exhibition at the Science Museum.
This half term, go to infinity and beyond.
Suitable for ages 5-14
|What||Out of this World: Astronomy Centre February Half Term|
|Where||Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Ave, London , SE10 8XJ | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Lewisham (underground)|
15 Feb 16 – 19 Feb 16, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
|Website||Click here for more information from the Royal Observatory|