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  • A.I. spots thousands of unidentified craters on the moon

    03/17/2018 12:40:37 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 31 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | March 16, 2018 - 2:18PM | By Dyllan Furness
    Image: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center The moon is under constant bombardment by meteorites and asteroids that can leave massive craters on its surface. The Aitken basin, the largest impact crater on the lunar surface, has a diameter equivalent to the distance from London to Athens, Greece. But not all craters are so noticeable — most are relatively insignificant. Thousands of previously unknown craters have been spotted on the moon thanks to an artificial intelligence program designed by researchers at the University of Toronto. “We created an A.I. powered method that autocratically identifies craters on the surface of the moon,...
  • Should We Open Some Sealed Moon Samples?

    03/12/2018 12:08:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Scientific American ^ | March 5, 2018 | Leonard David, on
    "Samples were intentionally saved for a time when technology and instrumentation had advanced to the point that we could maximize the scientific return on these unique samples," said NASA's Ryan Zeigler, Apollo sample curator and manager of the Astromaterials Acquisition and Curation Office in Houston. But such investigations require careful planning and execution by a consortium of experts with experience in handling and analyzing lunar samples... "Given the recent renewed interest in the moon, and specifically about the volatile budget of lunar regolith, these sealed samples likely contain information that would be important in the design of future lunar missions," Zeigler...
  • The moon formed inside a hot cosmic doughnut, scientists say

    03/03/2018 8:09:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 65 replies
    nbc ^ | Denise Chow
    In recent decades the scientific consensus has been that the moon formed billions of years ago from debris cast off when a Mars-sized object dealt Earth a glancing blow. But a radical new theory holds that some long-ago giant collision actually disintegrated Earth, causing it to balloon out into a vast doughnut-shaped cloud of vaporized rock, which the scientists who developed the theory dubbed a “synestia." They say the moon subsequently formed within this cosmic maelstrom. In the long-accepted explanation of lunar formation, the collision between Earth and the Mars-sized object, known as Theia, ejected part of Earth's mantle —...
  • In pictures: US gun-blessing ceremony

    03/02/2018 5:42:47 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | February 28, 2018
    Hundreds of World Peace and Unification Sanctuary church members get their guns blessed in Pennsylvania. Hundreds of couples packed a World Peace and Unification Sanctuary church in Pennsylvania to bless their weapons on Wednesday The church believes the gun is the "rod of iron" cited in the Book of Revelation A woman wears a crown of bullets in the ceremony in the rural Pocono Mountains Guns were blessed with holy water during the event, scheduled before 17 people were shot dead in a Florida school The church believes the Florida shooting could have been avoided had teachers been armed Guns...
  • Local church to hold four-day celebration of assault rifles

    02/21/2018 6:39:35 AM PST · by RBW in PA · 14 replies
    Pike County Courier ^ | 20 February 2018 | Frances Ruth Harris
    NEWFOUNDLAND — A multi-day festival to celebrate assault rifles begins in Pike County just one week after one was used to gun down more than 30 people, 17 fatally, in a Parkland, Fla., school. In recent years, the famous Moon family has brought to Pike County both a company that sells assault rifles and a church that puts them at the center of religious observances. The church's pastor and his followers say their devotion to the AR-15, a weapon of war used again and again in the nation's worst mass shootings, is rooted in Christian love. They do not see...
  • The Moon's equatorial bulge hints at Earth's early conditions

    02/15/2018 9:44:00 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Astronomy ^ | Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | Amber Jorgenson
    Over two centuries ago, Pierre-Simon Laplace, a French physicist and mathematician, noticed that the Moon's equatorial bulge is about 20 times larger than expected. Now, researchers are trying to find out why. Although the Moon looks quite spherical from the ground, it is flatter at its poles and wider at its equator, a trait known as an equatorial bulge. This characteristic is common; it's usually caused by an object's rotation around its axis. However, it's been noted that the Moon's bulge is about 20 times larger than it should be given its rotational rate of once per month... researchers at...
  • Catholic Caucus: January 31 Super Blue Blood Moon and St. John Bosco’s Dream/Prophecy

    01/31/2018 5:07:13 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies
    Roman Catholic Man ^ | 01.30.18 | Fr Richard Heilman
    Well known is St. John Bosco’s “dream of the two columns” where he foresaw the future difficulties of the Church, envisioned as a ship on stormy seas. Several popes strive to moor the Church and anchor it between two columns which arose amid the dangerous waters. The columns symbolized the two devotions to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and to Mary Immaculate, the Help of Christians. Calm and peace for the Church is won only when one of the popes finally succeeds in anchoring the Church between the two columns.  Another St. John Bosco dream/prophecy is less-known, which can shed light...
  • Phases of the Super Blue Blood Moon of 2018 Explained

    01/30/2018 4:53:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies ^ | | January 29, 2018 07:30am ET | Joe Rao,
    No enthusiastic skywatcher ever misses a total eclipse of the moon. The spectacle of the lunar disk slipping into Earth's shadow and turning a deep shade of red is often more striking and engaging than one might think. What's more, when the moon is entering into and later emerging out of Earth's shadow, secondary phenomena may be overlooked, but these additional features of the eclipse are worth looking out for.  A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon is completely submerged in Earth's dark, inner shadow, called the umbra. If the moon is only partly covered by the umbra, or...
  • Live Super Blue Blood Moon Thread

    01/31/2018 4:02:42 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 37 replies
    God's Creation | 31 January 2018 | FR
    I didn't see a Live Thread about this morning's event, so I thought I'd start one. If you take pictures of it, please share them!
  • About Those “Polar Lava Tubes”

    01/17/2018 7:58:00 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 27 replies
    AIRSPACEMAG.COM ^ | 16 Jan, 2018 | Paul D. Spudis
    When is a discovery not a discovery? When it’s just plain wrong. or decades, the idea of useable caves on the Moon has been studied and discussed at various venues and science gatherings. Our fascination with the availability of underground planetary structures stems from the possible benefits such features may afford humans trying to live in an off-world, hostile environment. Humans are vulnerable on the Moon because it lacks the protective atmosphere and magnetosphere that we enjoy here on Earth. A thick layer of solid rock provides protection for people and equipment from galactic cosmic rays and solar particle events,...
  • First Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in 150 Years Coming This Month

    01/07/2018 8:48:26 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    The eclipse will take place during the middle of the night, and the Pacific Ocean will be turned toward the moon at the time. Central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and most of Australia will get a fine view of this moon show in the evening sky. Heading farther west into western Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the eclipse will already be underway as the moon rises. To the east, Alaska, Hawaii and northwestern Canada will see the eclipse from start to finish. Moonset will intervene for the rest of North and Central America,...
  • Upcoming Chinese Lander Will Carry Insects and Plants to the Surface of the Moon

    01/04/2018 8:37:28 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Univesre TOday ^ | 4 Jan , 2018 | Mat Williams
    The mission will consist of a relay orbiter being launched aboard a Long March 5 rocket in June of 2018. This relay will assume orbit around the Earth-Moon L2 Lagrange Point, followed by the launch of the lander and rover about six months later. In addition to an advanced suite of instruments for studying the lunar surface, the lander will also be carrying an aluminum alloy container filled with seeds and insects. “The container will send potatoes, arabidopsis seeds and silkworm eggs to the surface of the Moon. The eggs will hatch into silkworms, which can produce carbon dioxide, while the potatoes and...
  • The moon is about to do something it hasn’t done in more than 150 years

    01/02/2018 10:43:52 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 9 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Jan 02, 2018 | Alex Harris
    Call it whatever you like — a blue red moon, a purple moon, a blood moon — but the moon will be a special sight on Jan. 31. Three separate celestial events will occur simultaneously that night, resulting in what some are calling a super blue blood moon eclipse. The astronomical rarity hasn’t happened for more than 150 years, according to A super moon, like the one visible on New Year’s Day, is the term for when a full moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, appearing bigger and brighter than normal. Supermoon rises over Reno, Nevada...
  • China’s moon mission to boldly go a step further

    12/31/2017 10:35:18 AM PST · by PIF · 60 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sun 31 Dec ‘17 01.59 EST | Stuart Clark
    This time next year, there may be a new world leader in lunar exploration. If all goes according to plan, China will have done something no other space-faring superpower has been able to do: land on the far side of the moon. China is rocketing ahead with its plans for lunar exploration. In 2018, they will launch a pair of missions known collectively as Chang’e 4. It is the fourth mission in a series named after the Chinese moon goddess. The first component of Chang’e 4 is scheduled to lift off in June. It will be a relay satellite stationed...
  • The First Supermoon of 2018 Arrives on New Year's Day

    12/30/2017 2:41:06 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 25 replies ^ | December 29, 2017 | Aric Jenkins
    The new year will be off to a celestial start with the appearance of a bigger and brighter supermoon — this time nicknamed the “wolf moon.” The supermoon is a nickname of its own, referring to a full moon that appears larger and more luminous due to its increased proximity to the Earth. The wolf moon, however, refers to the first full moon of the new year, which so happens to fall on New Year’s Day this time around, according to NASA. The second of a “supermoon trilogy” that began with a supermoon at this beginning of this month, the...
  • (January 14, 2011) 2,100 year-old Greek coin may have marked rare astronomical event

    01/17/2011 9:57:11 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    Unreported Heritage News ^ | Friday, January 14, 2011 | Owen Jarus
    New research suggests that this coin marks an eclipse of Jupiter by the moon. It happened on January 17, 121 BC and was visible in Antioch, the capital of the Seleucid Empire. The coin itself show Zeus with a crescent moon above his head and a star like object hovering above the palm of his right hand... On one side is a portrait of Antiochos VIII, the king who minted it. On the reverse is a depiction of Zeus, either nude or half-draped, holding a sceptre in his left hand. Above the god's head is the crescent of the moon,...
  • Have Astronomers Found the Star of Bethlehem?

    12/07/2011 1:31:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Epistle ^ | Bruce Gerig
    The modern search for the Star of Bethlehem began with Johannes Kepler (imperial astronomer for Rudolph II of Germany), who shortly before Christmas in 1603 observed a conjunction (pairing) of Jupiter with Saturn from his observatory in Prague. That this occurred in the constellation of Pisces he thought was important as well – perhaps recalling Rabbi Isaac Abarvanel's belief, noted in his 15th-century commentary on Daniel, that not only does a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn foretell important events, but in Pisces this holds a special significance for Israel; and such an event might even foretell the coming of the...
  • Japanese startup lands $90 million to put a billboard on the moon — Video at site

    12/19/2017 11:30:28 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | December 18, 2017 2:48 pm | By Luke Dormehl
    “We’ve got a startup idea. We want $90 million to invest in projection technology for high tech billboards. On the moon.”At least, that is how we assume the pitch went from Japanese space startup iSpace Technologies Inc., which just announced the conclusion of its Series A round of venture funding. Its goal? To launch a spacecraft into lunar orbit by 2019, land on the moon the year after that, and then set up the necessary infrastructure for a moon-based advertising business. Heck, you can’t fault the company’s ambition!iSpace’s $90 million will cover two space flights in 2019 and 2020....
  • President Trump Directs NASA to Return to the Moon, Then Aim for Mars

    12/12/2017 1:53:20 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies ^ | December 11, 2017 | Calla Cofield
    President Donald Trump signed his administration's first space policy directive today (Dec. 11), which formally directs NASA to focus on returning humans to the moon.
  • Free-floating planets in the Milky Way outnumber stars by factors of thousands

    05/10/2012 10:10:10 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 103 replies
    Springer ^ | 5/10/12
    Researchers say life-bearing planets may exist in vast numbers in the space between stars in the Milky WayA few hundred thousand billion free-floating life-bearing Earth-sized planets may exist in the space between stars in the Milky Way. So argues an international team of scientists led by Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham, UK. Their findings are published online in the Springer journal Astrophysics and Space Science. The scientists have proposed that these life-bearing planets originated in the early Universe within a few million years of the Big Bang, and that...