# How Far Is the Moon from Earth? [Video]

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Further than you’d think, apparently. Given a basketball (to represent Earth) and a tennis ball (the Moon), most people guess within an arm’s length, which in reality is close enough to send Luna plummeting into the Pacific. Others take a few steps back, which is warmer but still close enough to put some cataclysmic stress on the Equator.

In truth, the distance from the Earth to the Moon at this scale is roughly 17.5 feet, which from Mars looks a little something like this:

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## 6 Responses to How Far Is the Moon from Earth? [Video]

1. Quicksand24 says:

It takes light 2.25 seconds to travel from the moon to the Earth. Not 1.

Look it up.

• Fake says:

That's because of magnets.

• Jameilious says:

freaking magnets

how do they work?

2. @Quicksand24: Looking it up is good advice! The semi-major axis of the moon is 384,399 km. The speed of light is 299,792.458 km/s. Therefore the time is takes is 1.28 seconds. Could you possibly be thinking of the round-trip time for light or communications to go there and back?

Cheers!

3. Tom says:

I really think it's pretty stupid that the question was never answered. The only answer I can see it 17.5 feet (at that scale).

4. why does he have an accent when talking to people on the streets,
and an American accent when explaining the distances