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Moon from Earth. Full Moon seen over the varied colours of an autumn landscape. The Moon does not produce its own light, but it can be seen because it reflects the light of the sun. The dark areas, or 'seas', are the remains of ancient plains of lava. The craters visible are the result of meteorite impacts. Earth has been similarly bombarded, but weathering has destroyed most of the evidence. The Moon's mass is unevenly distributed and Earth's gravity pulls the heavy parts more strongly than it does the lighter parts. This means that the Moon does not spin freely and that the heavier half always faces towards Earth. Photographed in Colorado, USA.
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