Is The Moon A Planet?


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Aisha Profile
Aisha answered
The Moon is Earth's only natural satellite. It is the fifth largest satellite in the Solar System. Moon is neither a star not a Planet. It is only one of the natural satellites that orbit different planets.
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sadman hoque answered
No its a natural satellite, these things are usually called "moon" wehter it be for earth or some other planet. So basicaly our "moon" doesn't have a unique name for itself.
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Alex Daly answered
No, the moon is a natural satellite.

In order for something to technically be considered a planet (as outlined by the International Astronomy Union), it must orbit a star. While the moon meets practically all of the other requirements for it to be considered a planet, the moon doesn't orbit a star. Instead it orbits Earth, which is a planet.
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Anonymous answered
The International Astronomy Union considers the moon as a satalite not a planet, but in some sense it can be considered as a planet for more than one reason. First of all it is quite large relative to earth. It is 1/3 the size of earth and has an atmosphere. Even though its atmosphere is small, it is still there. In my eyes and to the eyes of astronomers, and space object with a good size and shape is a planet, that includes the moon. Other Moon/Planets: Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, Titan, other large moons, Pluto, Hamea, Makemake, Eris. Thats about it, so basically despite what the International Astronomy Union says, the moon is a planet.
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The definition of a "moon" or natural satellite is that it's orbit is wholly dependent on the planet it orbits, and not a star; it has little to do with the object's size. Our moon does not behave this way; instead it follows an interdependent orbit in which it's influenced by the gravity of both the Earth and the Sun. In time, as the moon gets further from the Earth, it will become less dependent on Earth's gravity and more on the Sun's. So I guess the answer is "It depends..."
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