That's a good astronomy question! Without further ado - if you want to know how far away is the Moon from the Earth, then here I provide the answer: the average distance (because of the elliptical orbit it is not constant - the momentary distance of the Earth-Moon changes by about 50,000 kilometers during the month) from the center of the Earth to the center of the Moon is exactly 384,400 km / 238,854 miles. But how can you imagine it? How can you get some sense of feeling of how the distance actually looks like? Keep reading!
Moon-Earth Distance at Correct Scale
If we chose 380,000 kilometers (slightly below the true-average one) as the distance, this is how it would like:
It looks much closer to me when I'm gazing at the Moon from my backyard!
All the Other Solar System Planets Would fit Between the Earth and the Moon
What? Are you serious?!
Yes, I totally am! It's hard to believe (especially considering the sizes of the Solar System planets like Jupiter or Saturn), but it's a mere fact - and it's easy to calculate it.
Let's check the diameters of all the other planets of the Solar System (we don't take the Pluto dwarf planet into the calculation, as it's not considered as a fully-fledged Solar System planet anymore):
If we sum them up, the result is 380,009 km, which is less than 384,400 km, which is the average distance from Earth to the Moon! We even have around 4,391 kilometers to spare for some additional celestial bodies.
The average distance is 238,854 miles / 384,400 kilometers.
Hi, I'm Paweł! I'm an astrophotographer, full-time astrophotography blogger, passionate stargazer, and amateur astronomer. Here on Astro Photons, I share my astrophotography, space, and astronomy knowledge to help beginners to make their first steps into the hobbies.