# Moon Lengths

## A Maths Starter of The Day

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A moon vehicle starts at point A then travels in straight lines to B then C then back to A. Estimate the total distance travelled.

Estimate how long it would take to walk that distance.

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• Alan, Elmwood Ebd School
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• Very good. my year 8 class found it interesting and demanding when they had their rulers taken away!!
• N. Armstrong, Rima Euler
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• Did you know that 'astronomer' is an anagram of 'moon starer'?
• Jonathan Sun, South Yarra.Vic.Australia
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• This is a good one. I enjoyed doing it. There should be more of these in Math Starter of the Day.

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## Extension

If the three estimated distances are correct to one decimal place what is the least possible value for the total distance?

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