The moon is thought to be four and half billion years old, just younger than the earth itself. It may have formed from the collision of a planet-sized object with the earth. It is a large moon compared to the earth, and it affects the tides and stabilizes the rotation of the earth on its axis.
Throughout history, the length of the month has been based either roughly or directly on the moon's cycle of phases. The moon undergoes a 28-day cycle of "waxing" (appearing to grow larger) and "waning" (appearing to grow smaller).
Did you know? A minimum of four, and a maximum of eight, solar and lunar eclipses occur each year. The moon is involved in all of them. During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the earth and the sun, blocking light from our neighbor star; during a lunar eclipse, the earth passes between the sun and the moon, casting its shadow on our natural satellite.
The "space race" of the twentieth century marked the attempts of several nations to be the first to set foot on the moon. The first manned mission to the moon took place in 1969 and made famous the words, "One small step for man, and one giant leap for mankind." No humans have landed on the moon since 1972, and no countries have claimed land on the moon on their own.
Throughout history, images of the moon have featured prominently in art. This is little wonder, considering the moon's universal visibility in the night sky. The oldest of these may be a rock carving in Knowth, Ireland, thought to be around 5,000 years old. Many cultures deified the moon, assigning it as a god or goddess. Nursery rhymes about the "Man in the Moon" - or the rabbit, or the buffalo, thought to be visible in its pattern of craters - continue to be recited. The moon is a subject of photography, paintings, poetry, and music.
Would you like to draw a moonlit sky? Doing so is easier than ever with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to use crayons, markers, colored pencils, or paints to shade your finished drawing.
In each step, you will find a detailed illustration as well as explanatory text. Pay close attention to the lines highlighted in blue, as these indicate new lines to be added.
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1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will outline the moon itself.
2. Draw a cloud passing in front of the moon. Begin the top of the cloud using short, connected curved lines.
3. Completely enclose the shape of the cloud, using short, connected curved lines to outline the bottom of the cloud.
4. Add another cloud beneath the moon. Again, use short, connected, curved lines to outline the cloud.
5. Enclose the cloud using short, curved, connected lines to outline the bottom portion.
6. Erase the guide line of the moon's circle from the overlapping cloud.
7. Add detail to the moon. Draw craters by enclosing irregular shapes of various sizes within the moon.
8. Add additional detail to the moon's surface. Draw dots, small circles, and irregular shapes to indicate craters.
9. Draw additional clouds above and below the moon using connected, curved lines of different sizes. Draw a star nearby.
10. Color your night sky complete with its moon. Why not combine your moon picture with some of our other drawing tutorials, such as a desert or a forest? Then, populate your scene with your favorite animals.
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