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“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

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The first lunar eclipse of 2012 - warm-up for Transit of Venus

At 20:00 UTC (3:00 am Pacific Daylight Time), not long before sunrise on Monday, June 4th, the Moon passes directly behind our planet. Full Moon will fall under the shadow of Earth, producing the first lunar eclipse of 2012.  At maximum eclipse, around 21:00 UTC (4:04

June 03, 2012

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Supermoon this weekend, Eta Aquarid meteor shower and Venus transit this week

This weekend will provide the full Moon’s closest approach of the year to Earth. On Saturday, May 5, 2012 the Moon could appear as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full Moons of 2012, according to some calculations.Every month, as the Moon circles the

May 04, 2012

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Full Moon and high perigean spring tides

Tonight the moon is closest to the Earth and we will see the phenomenon called a 'perigean spring tide'. Tides are long-period waves that roll around the planet as the ocean is 'pulled' back and forth as the moon and the sun interact with the Earth in their monthly

April 06, 2012

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New research cast doubts on accepted Moon origins theory

In the new research, published online today in Nature Geoscience, geochemists led by Junjun Zhang at the University of Chicago in Illinois, together with her colleague at the University of Bern in Switzerland, looked at titanium isotopes in 24 separate samples of

March 26, 2012

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Skywatcher's guide: Triple conjunction

If the weather is clear this weekend, even those who normally do not look at the sky may be struck by a dazzling celestial scene in the west after sunset: a view of two bright planets and an even more eye-catching crescent moon. You can catch them before the sky fades

February 26, 2012

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NASA's twin GRAIL spacecraft successfully entered lunar orbit

NASA's twin spacecraft GRAIL successfully completed its entry to lunar orbit and is preparing to study the moon in unprecedented detail. It will allow scientists to understand what goes on below the lunar surface. In this particular case the name GRAIL stands

January 02, 2012

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Night sky guide for January 2012

January brings us striking views of the night skies! You’ll be able to see well known constellations during the long hours of darkness in the Northern hemisphere, with crisp cold skies. This is an ideal time to get out and look at the wonders of the night sky as t

January 02, 2012

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2011 Total lunar eclipse - Guide for skywatchers!

The last  full Moon in 2011 will glide through the earth shadow producing a total lunar eclipse visible from the Pacific side of our planet.  The last eclipse of 2011 is a total lunar eclipse that takes place at the Moon's descending node in eastern Taurus, four days

December 10, 2011

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Jupiter and Moon conjuction this evening

When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look east. Jupiter and the waxing full Moon are in conjunction less than 7o apart.Jupiter shines lower left of the Moon this evening. Although they look close together, Jupiter is 1,550 times farther away — and 40

December 05, 2011

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Asteroid 2005 YU55, The Moon, Taurids and drills

Discovered nearly six years ago by Robert McMillan at Steward Observatory's Spacewatch Telescope in Arizona, 2005 YU55 has been this way before. In April 2010 it passed close enough for detailed radar probing by the giant radio dish at Arecibo, Puerto Rico. It

November 06, 2011

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JPL movie shows flyby calculation of Asteroid 2005 YU55

NASA radars are monitoring 2005 YU55, an asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier, as it heads for a Nov. 8th flyby of the Earth-Moon system. There is no danger to our planet. At closest approach on Tuesday at 3:28 pm PST, the 400m-wide space rock will be 324,600

November 06, 2011

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International Observe the Moon Night (October 8, 2011)

Most of us space-minded folks don’t need an excuse to gaze upon the brightest object in the night sky – our own Moon. But just in case you need a reason or are hoping to convince some friends or family to take a look with you, there’s a special event coming up

October 06, 2011

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Seeing equinoxes and solstices from space

One of the most frequently misunderstood concepts in science is the reason for Earth’s seasons. As we experience the September equinox today—anyone try to balance an egg yet?—we thought we’d offer a space-based view of what’s going on.Around 6 a.m. local

September 23, 2011

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Total lunar eclipse on June 15th!

We're in the midst of an interesting eclipse trifecta. Partial solar eclipses occur during the New Moons on June 1st and July 1st, which are sandwiched around a total lunar eclipse during the Full Moon on June 15th. Those of you in Europe and elsewhere in the

June 13, 2011