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How Big Is the Moon?

How Big Is the Moon

“How big is the moon? This one is an easy approximation to remember. It’s about 1/4 the size of Earth. Specifically, it’s 27% in diameter.”

Moon United States Overlay

The moon is as wide as the United States. From the west to the east coast, the whole United States can fit on the moon.

If you measure the moon’s surface area, it could fit all of Europe, China, the United States, Brazil, and South Africa altogether.

It’s the fifth-largest moon in all of the solar system. And it’s bigger than the dwarf planet Pluto.

READ MORE: How Far Is the Moon?

How does the moon compare to other planets in size?

This table compares the size of the moon in relation to the other planets in our solar system.

First, we compare the difference between radius. Next, we measure the relation between the size of the Earth compared to the moon.

PlanetRadius (km)Size compared to Earth
Mercury2,440 km0.38 of Earth
Venus6,052 km0.95 of Earth
Earth6,371 km1.00 of Earth
The Moon1,737 km0.27 of Earth
Mars3,390 km0.53 Earths
Saturn58,232 km9.45 Earths
Jupiter69,911 km11.21 Earths
Uranus25,362 km4.01 Earths
Neptune24,622 km3.88 Earths

Size Comparison: The Moon vs Earth vs Mars

In terms of size, the Moon is close to 25% of Earth. On the other hand, Mars is near half (53%) the size of Earth.

The gravity of the moon is 1/6 of Earth which is too weak to hold onto an atmosphere.

If Earth were hollow, you could fit almost 50 moons inside the Earth. If you compare Earth to Mars, it would take 6 Mars to fill in Earth.

Earth Mars Sizes

How Big Is the Moon?

The moon is a spherical body that orbits around Earth and it’s a natural satellite of the Earth. It’s about 1/4 the size of Earth but you could fit almost 50 moons inside the Earth.

The moon’s gravitational influence on Earth not only causes tides but has also played a significant role in shaping Earth’s geological and climatic history over billions of years.

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