Tuesday, February 26, 2013

United States Overlaid the Moon

Reddit user boredboarder8 created the below image overlaying the United States on the Moon.  The lower forty-eight United States would cover about twenty percent of the Moon's surface but certainly would be visible from the Earth.  (Hat tip: Flowing Data via friend Blueland)

The math works out as the forty-eight contiguous United States has a long area of 3,119,884 square miles (8,080,464 square kilometers).  Meanwhile the Moon's surface area is roughly 14,600,000 square miles (37,800,000 square kilometers).  Therefore the United States would cover roughly 40 percent of the Moon's visible surface.

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