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Blue Moon on July 31, 2015

For the second time this month, the Moon is about to become full, but it most likely won't turn blue, like it's name suggests. According to modern folklore, whenever there are two full Moons in a calendar month, the second one is "blue." Most Blue Moon

July 28, 2015

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Our electrically scarred Moon

Half-a-century ago, at the height of the Cold War, the Space Race between two competing superpowers set mankind on an accelerated path toward placing a man on the Moon. In addition to its geopolitical significance, the Moon was central in the evolution of planetary scie

July 10, 2015

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A view from the other side of the Moon

A number of people who've seen NASA's annual lunar phase and libration videos have asked what the other side of the Moon looks like, the side that can't be seen from the Earth. This video answers that question.The imagery was created using Lunar Reconnaissan

February 04, 2015

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Moon's phases and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2015

These visualizations show the Moon's phases and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2015, 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 and su

January 11, 2015

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LRO finds young volcanic deposits on the Moon

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) found scores of young volcanic deposits estimated to be less than 100 million years old and provided researchers with strong evidence the Moon's volcanic activity slowed gradually instead of stopping abruptly a billion

October 14, 2014

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Total lunar eclipse on Wednesday, October 8, 2014

he second total lunar lunar eclipse of 2014 and 2015 lunar-eclipse tetrad will occur on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, and will be visible from the Pacific Ocean and regions immediately bordering it. As the Moon passes completely through the Earth's dark shadow, or

October 06, 2014

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A summer of supermoons - July, August and September

The summer of 2014 will be bathed in moonlight as three perigee "supermoons" occur in consecutive months: July, August, September. The first supermoon is on July 12 at 08:28 UTC, the second on August 10 at 17:44 UTC and the third on September 9 at 03:30 UTC.Th

July 09, 2014

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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's view of Tycho Central Peak

Today, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) celebrates its fifth anniversary in space. LRO launched from Florida on June 18, 2009 and after a four-day journey, it successfully entered lunar orbit on June 23. In the succeeding five years, LRO has continued to shap

June 18, 2014

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Understanding lunar eclipses

It's not often that we get a chance to see our planet's shadow, but a lunar eclipse gives us a fleeting glimpse. During these rare events, the full Moon rapidly darkens and then glows red. Though a lunar eclipse can be seen only at night, it's worth staying

April 08, 2014

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First interactive mosaic of lunar north pole released

Scientists, using cameras aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have created the largest high resolution mosaic of our moon’s north polar region. The six-and-a-half feet (two-meters)-per-pixel images cover an area equal to more than one-quarter of

March 18, 2014

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Rotating moon video by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter team at Arizona State University assembled rotating moon video made from reflectance maps and digital terrain models created from data gathered by LRO’s wide-angle camera. This full 360-degree portrait of the Moon shows its surface as

October 17, 2013

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Moon rotation video by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

This unique view of the moon has been created by using Wide Angle Camera (WAC) aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). LRO is a robotic mission that set out to map the Moon's surface and, after a year of exploration, was extended with a unique set of

September 19, 2013

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Watch out for the Harvest Moon

According to folklore, every full Moon has a special name. There's the Wolf Moon, the Snow Moon, the Worm Moon, the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Flower Moon, the Strawberry Moon, the Thunder Moon, the Sturgeon Moon, the Harvest Moon, the

September 17, 2013

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LADEE space mission launched on its way toward the Moon

NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) was successfully launched on September 6, 2013 and has separated from its ride into space, powered up and is communicating with ground controllers. It is now on its way to arrive at the Moon in 30

September 07, 2013

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Scientists detect water on Moon's surface originating deep within its interior

Examining lunar crater Bullialdus scientists have detected water on the Moon's surface that originates from deep within the Moon's interior - magmatic water.  The discovery represents an exciting contribution to the rapidly changing understanding

August 28, 2013

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New supermoon, third of this year, falls on July 22, 2013

It has not been long since the spectacular supermoon on June 23, 2013. At that time the moon was at it`s closest to Earth for the year, appeared as the largest full moon for 2013, and it was also about 30 percent brighter than an average full moon. But for everyone

July 15, 2013

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LRO's fourth anniversary - Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Four years ago, NASA made a long promised return visit to a place so legendary in the history of space exploration that it felt like a reunion with a long lost relative. With the liftoff of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), NASA made a bold statement about its

June 21, 2013