All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Moon’

LADEE Set In Lunar Orbit, Regardless of Shutdown

Regardless of the government shutdown keeping a lot of NASA’s workers at home, the agency was still able to put its LADEE moon probe into lunar orbit. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, took off from Cape Caneveral, Florida, on September 6, on the back of a small rocket. Incidentally, a frog photobombed coverage of the launch. …

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Saturn Moon Titan Has Something Earth Needs

Our solar system seems to be shrinking. Planning on moving to Mars? The idea sounded crazy in the past; however, recent strides show that this may become a reality within the near future. Now evidence has surfaced that a moon within our solar system has more in common with Earth than what may have been originally thought. One of Saturn’s …

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The 2013 Harvest Moon is In Tonight’s Sky

The “Harvest Moon” of 2013 will occur on September 19 in the Northern Hemisphere. The Harvest Moon is the traditional name of the full moon occurring closest to the autumnal equinox, that precedes the “Hunter’s Moon,” or the following full moon. For those on the east coast of North America, the crest of the moon’s full phase comes right before …

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Moon Mission Launch: NASA’s LADEE, A Success

Yesterday, NASA launched a new moon probe, which has the technical name of Lunar Atmospheric Environment Explorer (LADEE). It was launched late on Friday night, September 6, and lived up to all of the hype and then more. The probe was launched from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. It is always quite a sight to see …

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Mars Rover Curiosity Records Phobos Eclipse

For over one month now, Mars rover Curiosity has been cruising along the surface of Mars on its way to a Martian mountain named Mount Sharp. The rover’s journey will take several months, and it has been setting driving records along the way. Though the extensive driving has left little room in the rover’s schedule for in-depth examination of Mars, …

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Saturn’s Moon Titan May Have Solid Ice Shell

Saturn’s Moon Titan has consistently been one of the most fascinating objects in our solar system. In just the past two years, astronomers have found large bodies of water on the moon, seen the satellite’s weather form a seasonal vortex, and detected hydrocarbon sand on Titan’s surface. This week, researchers announced that odd gravitational measurements of Titan’s surface taken by …

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Water Found on Moon’s Surface, More Could be Below

Researchers from the Indian Space Research Organization this week have announced that the Chandrayaan-1 probe has founde evidence for water on the surface of the Earth’s moon. The water, referred to as “magmatic,” is locked in mineral grains and could come from somewhere beneath the moon’s surface. The new research, published recently in the journal Nature Geoscience, is the first …

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Neptune’s 14th Moon Was Discovered on July 1st

Neptune is the 8th planet from the sun at nearly 2.8 million miles, or 30 times as far away as earth, and makes a rotation around the sun every 165 years. It was the first planet to be located through mathematical predictions rather than through regular observations of the sky on September 23, 1846, by Johann Gotfried Galle. Neptune had …

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New Neptune Moon Found by Hubble Space Telescope

NASA this week revealed that a new moon has been spotted orbiting the furthest planet from the sun, Neptune. The moon, the 14th known to be orbiting Neptune, has been labeled S/2004 N 1. The small rock is the smallest of Neptune’s known moons at approximately 12 miles across. It is located around 65,400 miles from Neptune, between the orbits …

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Supermoon 2013: The Best Pics From Social Media

There’s nothing quite like a celestial event to get the internet excited. Over the weekend, the full moon appeared slightly larger in the night sky, a phenomenon dubbed a “supermoon.” NASA this past weekend released a video explaining just what makes this particular full moon special. It turns out that the supermoon actually is larger than a normal full moon, …

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The ‘Supermoon’ Explained by NASA

This weekend’s full moon sparked curiosity and plenty of social media speculation. The “supermoon,” as it’s dubbed, appeared as a larger full moon, pleasing amateur astronomers and photographers alike. Though there are plenty of photos of the moon to be found on the internet today, a clear explanation for why the moon appeared as it did is rather harder to …

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“Supermoon” Is Pretty, But Not Very “Super”

The so-called “supermoon” will be visible this Sunday, meaning the moon will be at its closest point to the Earth for the year, and will be brighter than usual. But at least one scientist says that just because it’s been called that for years, doesn’t make it “super”. Because the distance of the moon from the Earth varies, this will …

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