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The Moon is an proven myth and an Easter egg in all Grand Theft Auto games.

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Alien Moonbase.

The Moon is the Earth's only natural orbiting satellite and is the sixth largest natural satellite in the solar system. The moon first appeared in Grand Theft Auto III and has been included in every game since then, excluding Grand Theft Auto: Advance and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, because of them being top-down games. It is assumed that the Moon revolves around the Earth, just like in real life. However, it does not move across the sky as the night progresses and is depicted as a static image relatively low in the sky, fading into view at dusk and disappearing in the same manner at dawn. Also, the Moon never goes through phases as it always appears as a full moon. The PS2 version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is an exception, however.

There is no possible way of breaking through the atmosphere in the game to get to the Moon, unless a modification is installed, because it is just an image, and because of the height limit. The Moon is a helpful tool to navigate since it gives some light to dark rural areas such as Back O' Beyond in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the libration of the moon is present.

In Grand Theft Auto V, the Moon is much more detailed and realistic than its previous iterations. Also, the Moon now cycles through phases, and it appears to be smaller than before, much like it is in real life. In Lester's home, there is a magazine that mentions an "Alien Moonbase."

Shooting at the Moon[]

In the 3D Universe, shooting the Moon with a sniper rifle will change its size (Normal Size-Bigger-Bigger-Smaller-Bigger-Normal Size) but using other firearms will not work. Rockstar developer Obbei Vermeij confirmed implementing the easter egg intentionally into the sniper rifle when he was tasked with making the size of the moon easily configurable.

Connections with UFOs[]

In some games, it is possible to see a UFO cross the Moon, which will create a black shadow on the Moon and some users believe that it could be a reference to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. This most likely happens when players sight a bird flying adjacent to the Moon, and due to the dark texture of the bird, it may seem like a UFO. The Moon can also help the player to search for UFOs in its light, but it doesn't help when it is foggy or stormy, or a mixture of best known as "swampy" weather. This phenomenon is best known in GTA Vice City, called Lunar UFOs.

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