How Far Away is the Moon?

Comparison of the size of the moon at it's nearest and furthest points from Earth

Comparison of the size of the moon at it's nearest and furthest points from Earth.

226,000 miles - The closest the moon comes to Earth during its orbit (the Perigee).

252,000 miles - The farthest the moons orbits from Earth (the Apogee).

238,774 miles - The moon's average distance from Earth (384,500 kilometres).

The comparative size of the Moon seen at its nearest and furthest from Earth. Credit: NASA.

1,753,963,200 - The number of bananas required, when placed end to end, to reach the moon.

7,118,574,074 – The number of Jaffa cakes that would be required to reach the moon when laid edge to edge. This is based upon a Jaffa cake with a 54mm diameter.

9618 – The number of marathons that an athlete would have to run in order to cover the equivalent distance between the earth and the moon. Based upon the current world record, this would equate to an athlete running for over 20,037 hours.


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