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NASA unveils first global geologic map of Titan

NASA has revealed the first global geologic map of Titan, the largest moon orbiting Saturn. The map showed a dynamic world of dunes, lakes, plains, craters, and other types of terrain. Aside from Earth, Titan is the only other known planetary body in the solar...

November 27, 2019

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Meteor recorded as it impacts Moon during total lunar eclipse

A meteor hit the lunar surface on January 21, 2019 at the time millions of people were watching total lunar eclipse. While not visible to the naked eye, this rare event was captured by telescopes operating in the framework of MIDAS survey at 04:41 UTC on January 21....

January 23, 2019

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Moon sheds light on Earth’s impact history

By analyzing data on lunar craters provided by the Diviner instrument aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scientists have made a fascinating discovery about the history of impacts on both the Earth and the Moon. According to the first comprehensive timeline of...

January 22, 2019

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Moon's phases and libration throughout 2017

These 4K visualizations show the Moon's phases and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2017, as viewed from both hemispheres. In addition, they show the Moon's orbit position, sub-Earth and subsolar points, distance from the Earth at true scale, and...

December 31, 2016

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Super full moon of November 14, the closest since 1948

A super full moon event will take place on November 14, 2016, at 13:53 UTC. The moon will be the largest and closest to our planet since January 26, 1948. This month's full moon is taking place unusually close to the time of the month when it also makes it...

November 09, 2016

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Moon hit by meteorites far more than predicted

In the past 7 years, meteorites have made at least 222 impact craters on the surface of the Moon which is 33% more than predicted, according to a new study published this week in Nature. The work is considered a significant advance in the field of crater chronology....

October 14, 2016

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Earth's moon wandered off axis billions of years ago

Planetary scientist Matt Siegler at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, and colleagues discovered that Earth's moon slowly moved from its original axis roughly 3 billion years ago. The move would be as if Earth's axis relocated from Antarctica to...

March 23, 2016

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Penumbral lunar eclipse on March 23, 2016

Observers located in the extreme eastern Asia, eastern Australia, the Pacific Ocean and the west coast of North America including Alaska will get to see a penumbral lunar eclipse on March 23, 2016, the first of three lunar eclipses in 2016. The eclipse will reach...

March 22, 2016

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China publishes new high-quality images of the Moon's surface

The China National Space Administration has published hundreds of previously unseen high-quality images, videos and scientific data of the Moon. The information was gathered by the Chang'e-3 lunar rover and is now available to anyone who is interested in it. ...

February 05, 2016

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Moon's phases and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2016

These visualizations show the Moon's phases and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2016, as viewed from both northern and southern hemispheres. Each frame represents one hour. In addition, the visualizations show the Moon's orbit position, sub-Earth...

January 01, 2016

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Rare full moon to decorate the skies on Christmas Day

A rare celestial event will take place on December 25, 2015. A bright full moon, although not unusual phenomena per se, rarely coincides with Christmas date and will for sure make a nice contribution to the holiday atmosphere. The full moon of December, the...

December 24, 2015

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The force of meteoroid strikes on lunar exosphere

NASA scientists have discovered new properties of the Moon's exosphere - a thin layer of gas surrounding the Moon that's about 25-trillionth the density of Earth’s atmosphere. Their data reveals that meteoroids cause an increase in two key elements in...

December 19, 2015

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Moon's water delivered by asteroids, not falling comets as previously thought

Scientists from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and the RAS Geosphere Dynamics Institue have discovered that a large asteroid can deliver more water to the lunar surface than the cumulative fall of comets over a billion year period. At the...

October 01, 2015

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Total lunar eclipse of September 28, 2015 - online broadcasts schedule

After more than 30 years a supermoon in combination with a lunar eclipse will be visible again across the skies of North and South America, Europe, Africa and parts of west Asia and the eastern Pacific. This rare celestial event is set for September 28 (UTC), 2015, and

September 24, 2015

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Earth's gravity significantly impacts the Moon's faults orientation

New data obtained by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft show Earth's gravity has made a visible impact on the orientation of faults in the Moon's surface, NASA announced on September 15, 2015. LRO was launched on June 18, 2009 and has so fa

September 15, 2015

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Supermoon lunar eclipse on September 28, 2015 ends the current lunar tetrad - Blood Moon

A rare celestial event is scheduled for September 28, 2015 (UTC) - a total lunar eclipse and the closest supermoon of the year. This full Moon is also known as the Harvest Moon, and Blood Moon, because it ends the current lunar tetrad - series of 4 consecutive total ecl

August 31, 2015

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LADEE spacecraft confirms Moon's exosphere contains neon

Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft for the first time confirmed the long-speculated assumption, the Moon's atmosphere might contain neon, a gas known for it's intense glow, and commonly used in electric signs on Earth, NASA reporte

August 18, 2015