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Supermoon falls on May 24-25, 2013

The full moon of May, 2013 is the third full moon after the March equinox. The moon is only one day away from lunar perigee, when it reaches closest point to Earth. The May 24/25 moon stays almost opposite the sun during the whole night, so it will rise

May 24, 2013

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Penumbral lunar eclipse on May 25, 2013

The second lunar eclipse of 2013 occurs at the Moon's ascending node in Scorpius about 7° northwest of Antares (mv = +1.07). With a penumbral eclipse magnitude  of 0.0158, just 0.5 arc-minutes of the Moon's southern limb will pass into Earth's pale

May 20, 2013


Earth and Moon pelted by meteors - Impact causes bright explosion on the Moon

A meteor with estimated weight of 40 kg, approximately 0.3 - 0.4 meters wide, and traveling at speed of 90 123 km/h hit the lunar surface in Mare Imbrium on March 17, 2013. The resulting explosion packed as much punch as 5 tons of TNT. "It exploded in

May 17, 2013

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"Full Moon Silhouettes" - Moon rising over the Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand

Full Moon Silhouettes is a real-time video of the moon rising over the Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand. People had gathered up there this night to get the best view possible of the moon rising. Photographer Mark Gee captured the video from 2.1km away

February 03, 2013

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Tour of the Moon

Although the moon has remained largely unchanged during human history, our understanding of it and how it has evolved over time has evolved dramatically. Thanks to new measurements, we have new and unprecedented views of its surface, along with new insight into how it

January 17, 2013

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Moon phases & librations in 2013

This visualization shows the moon's phase and libration throughout the year 2013, at hourly intervals. Each frame represents one hour. In addition, this visualization also shows other relevant information, including moon orbit position, subearth and subsolar points,

January 13, 2013

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Parting Moon shots from NASA's GRAIL mission

Three days prior to its planned impact on a lunar mountain, mission controllers activated the camera aboard one of NASA's GRAIL twins to take some final photos from lunar orbit.Find out more here.Featured image: Artist concept of Ebb and Flow, the two GRAIL

January 12, 2013

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Earth's Moon Phases, Monthly Lunar Cycles (Infographic)

See how the phases of Earth's moon work, from the full moon to the new moon and everything in between in this infographic. The moon is illuminated by light from the sun, which observers on Earth see reflected off the lunar surface. As the moon moves around

January 02, 2013

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The twin GRAIL spacecraft will impact the moon’s surface on December 17, 2012

The two Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecrafts, Ebb and Flow, are running out of fuel after being in lunar orbit since January 2012. They will be commanded to crash into the rim of an unnamed crater near the Moon’s north pole at speed of 1.7

December 16, 2012


NASA's GRAIL mission brings most accurate moon gravity map

Gravity field map of the moon generated by GRAIL probes boosts Giant impact hypothesis, which states that the Moon was formed out of the debris left over from a collision between the Earth and a body the size of Mars, about 4.5 billion years ago. This new map is also

December 11, 2012

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Penumbral lunar eclipse on November 28, 2012

On November 28, 2012 the moon will slide through the Earth’s pale outer shadow or penumbra, resulting in a penumbral lunar eclipse. A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between the Sun and Moon but the three celestial bodies do not form a perfectly

November 27, 2012


The Moon's phase and libration during 2013

New visualization from Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio shows the moon's phase and libration throughout the year 2013, at hourly intervals. Each frame represents one hour. In addition, this visualization also shows other relevant information, including moon

November 23, 2012


This November brings total solar eclipse and penumbral lunar eclipse

November brings us two eclipses in the month. Total solar eclipse will occur on November 13 and penumbral lunar eclipse on November 28, 2012. On November 13, residents of northeastern Australia will see the sun fully obscured by the moon, whose shadow will darken the

November 09, 2012


Hypothesis: New evidence on origin of the Moon support cataclysmic collision theory

Most researchers agree that the Moon formed five billion years ago from debris blasted off Earth in a giant impact. Scientists presented some new evidence supporting the theory that Moon was, indeed, born of a cataclysmic collision between worlds 4.5 billions of years

October 22, 2012


“From the Earth to the Moon” (amazing video of lunar surface)

This short video titled “From the Earth to the Moon” provides an inspirational view of the lunar surface. Most of the images and topographical data were obtained in particular by the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) and Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter

September 01, 2012

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Watch rare Blue Moon Friday night!

A Blue Moon is the second Full Moon in a calendar month. We had one Full Moon already on August 2 this year and the second will be Friday night, August 31. Full Moons are separated by period of 29 days, so by having 30 or 31 days monthly, sometimes we have two Full

August 31, 2012

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Moon, Venus and Jupiter sky show in early morning sky

Venus, Jupiter and the moon will gather together in the early morning sky Sunday (July 15). Set your alarm clock for around 4:30 a.m. local time on Sunday and watch east-northeast sky. The crescent moon, just 13%i lluminated, appears in close proximity to the two

July 15, 2012