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  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Moons at Opposition

    10/11/2014 8:15:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | October 10, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: From the early hours of October 8, over the Santa Cruz Mountains near Los Gatos, California, the totally eclipsed Moon shows a range of color across this well-exposed telescopic view of the lunar eclipse. Of course, a lunar eclipse can only occur when the Moon is opposite the Sun in Earth's sky and gliding through the planet's shadow. But also near opposition during this eclipse, and remarkably only half a degree or so from the lunar limb, distant Uranus is faint but easy to spot at the lower right. Fainter still are the ice giant's moons. To find them,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Eclipse at Moonrise

    10/11/2014 8:51:18 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    NASA ^ | October 11, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: As the Moon rose and the Sun set on October 8, a lunar eclipse was in progress seen from Chongqing, China. Trailing through this composite time exposure, the rising Moon began as a dark reddened disk in total eclipse near the eastern horizon. Steadily climbing above the populous city's colorful lights along the Yangtze River, the moontrail grows brighter and broader, until a bright Full Moon emerged from the Earth's shadow in evening skies. Although lunar eclipses are not always total ones, this eclipse, along with last April's lunar eclipse, were the first two of four consecutive total lunar...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Eclipse at Moonset

    10/11/2014 8:12:35 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | October 09, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The Pacific Ocean and Chilean coast lie below this sea of clouds. Seen through the subtle colors of the predawn sky a lunar eclipse is in progress above, the partially eclipsed Moon growing dark. The curved edge of planet Earth's shadow still cuts across the middle of the lunar disk as the Moon sinks lower toward the western horizon. In fact, from this southern hemisphere location as well as much of eastern North America totality, the Moon completely immersed within Earth's shadow, began near the time of moonset and sunrise on October 8. From farther west the total phase...
  • LUNAR ECLIPSE NOW (5:32 AM CENTRAL TIME)

    10/08/2014 3:33:19 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 53 replies
    Oct 8, 2014
    Not much red to it, just a dull brownish orange.
  • Are you ready for the BLOOD MOON? Rare red lunar eclipse

    10/07/2014 8:37:53 PM PDT · by catnipman · 61 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 7 October 2014 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    A red moon will be visible in parts of the world including the US The event is known as a 'blood moon' owing to the red colour of the moon It occurs when the moon passes in to the shadow of Earth called the umbra The event is quite rare but the moon is currently going through a sequence of four blood moons called a tetrad The last was on 15 April 2014 and the next will be on 4 April 2015 At 6:25am Eastern time on 9 October the eclipse will be at its peak ...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan

    10/04/2014 10:05:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | October 05, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: If the full Moon suddenly faded, what would you see? The answer during the total lunar eclipse of 2011 June was recorded in a dramatic time lapse video from Tajikistan. During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth moves between the Moon and the Sun, causing the moon to fade dramatically. The Moon never gets completely dark, though, since the Earth's atmosphere refracts some light. As the above video begins, the scene may appear to be daytime and sunlit, but actually it is a nighttime and lit by the glow of the full Moon. As the moon becomes eclipsed and...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Mars, Antares, Moon and Saturn

    10/04/2014 3:40:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | October 04, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Mars, Antares, Moon, and Saturn are the brightest celestial beacons in this serene sky. The Sun's golden light is still scattered along the southwestern horizon though, captured after sunset on September 28. The evening gathering of wandering planets and Moon along with the bright star viewed as an equal to Mars and the Scorpion's Heart was enjoyed around planet Earth. But from the photographer's perspective looking across the calm waters of Lake Balaton, Hungary, they were joined by a more terrestrial sailboat mast light. Mast light, bright star, planets and Moon are all posing near the plane of the...
  • Total Lunar Eclipse Next Week Will Turn the Moon Blood Red (Video)

    10/04/2014 11:06:50 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    space.com ^ | October 02, 2014 03:47pm ET | Miriam Kramer
    The "blood moon" total lunar eclipse will rise during the full moon of Oct. 8 just before sunrise in North America, but red might not be the only color people see during the total eclipse. Weather permitting, it's possible that some sharp-eyed observers might be able to see some blue in the moon's glow. The event will be the second of four consecutive total lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015, according to NASA officials. On the East Coast of the United States, totality starts at 6:25 a.m. EDT (1025 GMT), but stargazers on the West Coast of the United States...
  • Huge Rectangle Found Just Below Moon’s Surface

    10/01/2014 1:08:51 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 49 replies
    Value Walk ^ | 10-1-2014 | Brendan Byrne
    “When we first saw it in the Grail data, we were struck by how big it was, how clear it was, but also by how unexpected it was,” said Andrews-Hanna “No-one ever thought you’d see a square or a rectangle on this scale on any planet,” he continued. Similar to Earth? Not quite. The scientist and his compatriots point out that the region is comprised of numerous native radioactive elements including uranium, potassium, and thorium which in the past would have heated the lunar crust and contracted upon cooling. That contraction tore into the moon’s surface and formed massively deep...
  • Mysterious feature on Saturn's moon baffles NASA scientists

    09/30/2014 8:38:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    theweek.com ^ | 09-30-2014 10:16am ET | Meghan DeMaria
    NASA's Cassini spacecraft has discovered a "mysterious feature" on Saturn's moon Titan. Scientists are working to determine, what, exactly, this feature might be. NASA reports that the feature is roughly 100 square miles, and it lies in Ligeia Mare, one of Titan's hydrocarbon seas. Cassini's radar has observed the feature twice, but its appearance changed between the two sightings. Scientists suspect the feature's change in appearance could be the result of Titan's changing seasons, which Cassini's current extended mission will monitor. The feature's first sighting was in July 2013, and the radar images depicted a bright spot, which stood out...
  • Nvidia sinks moon landing hoax using virtual light

    09/20/2014 7:13:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 95 replies
    cnet.com ^ | September 19, 2014 12:50 PM PDT | Nick Statt
    The first manned missions to Earth's satellite began in 1969 with Apollo 11. Just a few years later, conspiracies sprouted up claiming that potentially each of the six lunar landing crews and every one of the 12 Apollo astronauts who walked on the moon had in fact participated in an elaborate ruse. To the conspiracists, it may never have happened -- or didn't happen like NASA said it did -- and oh by the way, we duped the Russians into losing the space race. Voxel global illumination, however, proves them wrong, says Nvidia. The technique, which the new GTX 970...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Super Moon vs. Micro Moon

    09/13/2014 12:28:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    NASA ^ | September 08, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What is so super about tomorrow's supermoon? Tomorrow, a full moon will occur that appears slightly larger and brighter than usual. The reason is that the Moon's fully illuminated phase occurs within a short time from perigee - when the Moon is its closest to the Earth in its elliptical orbit. Although the precise conditions that define a supermoon vary, given one definition, tomorrow's will be the third supermoon of the year -- and the third consecutive month that a supermoon occurs. One reason supermoons are popular is because they are so easy to see -- just go outside...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Full Moon Silhouettes

    09/06/2014 10:10:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | September 07, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Have you ever watched the Moon rise? The slow rise of a nearly full moon over a clear horizon can be an impressive sight. One impressive moonrise was imaged in early 2013 over Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand. With detailed planning, an industrious astrophotographer placed a camera about two kilometers away and pointed it across the lookout to where the Moon would surely soon be making its nightly debut. The above single shot sequence is unedited and shown in real time -- it is not a time lapse. People on Mount Victoria Lookout can be seen in...
  • Obama Unleashed: ´I´m Not Asking for the Moon´

    09/01/2014 2:05:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 9/1/14 | Staff
    Monday at the Laborfest event in Milwaukee, President Barack Obama gave a passionate speech in his plea for fair wages for workers. At a raised pitch, he said, "I´m not asking for the moon. I just want a good deal for the workers." The president also discussed his "vision for an economy," where workers have a fair chance, retirement benefits, family leave and pay equality for woman.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Surreal Moon

    08/14/2014 8:11:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    NASA ^ | August 14, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Big, bright, and beautiful, a Full Moon near perigee, the closest point in its elliptical orbit around our fair planet, rose on August 10. This remarkable picture records the scene with a dreamlike quality from the east coast of the United States. The picture is actually a composite of 10 digital frames made with exposures from 1/500th second to 1 second long, preserving contrast and detail over a much wider than normal range of brightness. At a perigee distance of a mere 356,896 kilometers, August's Full Moon was the closest, and so the largest and most super, of the...
  • Watch Pluto and Charon Engage in Their Orbital Dance

    08/08/2014 12:27:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | August 7, 2014 | Jason Major
    Now here’s something I guarantee you’ve never seen before: a video of the dwarf planet Pluto and its largest moon Charon showing the two distinctly separate worlds actually in motion around each other! Captured by the steadily-approaching New Horizons spacecraft from July 19–24, the 12 images that comprise this animation were acquired with the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) instrument from distances of 267 million to 262 million miles (429 million to 422 million km) and show nearly a full orbital rotation. ... Pluto and Charon are seen circling a central gravitational point known as the barycenter, which accounts for...
  • Remember the Space Race?

    07/21/2014 10:14:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | George Mano
    July 20, 2014, will mark the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon, the first time humans had ever set foot on another part of the universe. Besides being a tremendous scientific achievement, it was also an important political statement, a battle victory for the US and the West over the Soviet Union and the Communists in the Cold War, a battle known as the Space Race. During World War II the technological leaders in rocket science were the Germans. After the war, with the Cold War underway, the US and the USSR each tried to...
  • Apollo 11 Astronauts Walked on the Moon 45 years ago Today! (Or Did They?)

    07/20/2014 3:40:37 PM PDT · by lee martell · 154 replies
    July 20 2014 | lee martell
    I vividly recall being in the living room with my family watching tv in 1969 as the American Astronauts walked on the moon. The pictures were fuzzy, black and white, somewhat indistinct. It almost resembled an Ultrasound image an expectant mother would see. We were thrilled to be part of a country, a culture so advanced as to put men on the moon and later, to bring them back safely to earth. We had completely one-upped communist Russia! Sputnik was a very important step in space exploration. Quite significant back in 1957, but that was a long time ago, back...
  • 'ONE GIANT LEAP' Apollo 11's historic trip to the moon marks its 45th anniversary

    07/20/2014 12:45:26 PM PDT · by shove_it · 41 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 20 Jul 2014
    The year was 1969. The turbulent time in America saw troops fighting in Vietnam, and a nation dealing with the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, killed in 1963, and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., both murdered in 1968. Then came that one small step. Forty-five years ago today, 500 million people around the world witnessed American astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins as they embarked on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, and six hours later Armstrong was the first man to step...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Moon Eclipses Saturn

    07/16/2014 2:18:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    NASA ^ | July 16, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What happened to half of Saturn? Nothing other than Earth's Moon getting in the way. As pictured above on the far right, Saturn is partly eclipsed by a dark edge of a Moon itself only partly illuminated by the Sun. This year the orbits of the Moon and Saturn have led to an unusually high number of alignments of the ringed giant behind Earth's largest satellite. Technically termed an occultation, the above image captured one such photogenic juxtaposition from Buenos Aires, Argentina that occurred early last week. Visible to the unaided eye but best viewed with binoculars, there are...
  • Video: Dubai Crown Prince on Top of Burj Khalifa With Super Moon

    07/14/2014 6:36:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014
    Hamdan: With every full moon comes a new beginning and with every new beginning comes opportunitiesSheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, shared these pictures and video on his Instagram account of him atop the world’s tallest building - Burj Khalifa – with the Super Moon in the backgrounD. Along with the picture, Sheikh Hamdan wrote: “With every full moon comes a new beginning and with every new beginning comes opportunities! A big thank you to all my followers.” Sheikh Hamdan also posted this video: “Super moon, super city for my super followers!” Social networking...
  • Ancient Earth Remnant Is Inside Earth, Study Says

    06/28/2014 6:53:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | June 28, 2014 | Gregory Baskin
    A team from Harvard University presented a study this month that remnants from an ancient Earth exists, right now, inside contemporary Earth. The group believes that their comparisons of isotopic ratios of noble gases from materials deep inside Earth with those near the surface provide testimony that the deep-down material is actually from the Earth that existed before its massive collision with another planet. That immense impact – the largest in geologic history – is what many believe led to creation of the Moon. The currently favored theory about how the Moon originated says that it was formed 4.5 billion...
  • A collision 4.5 billion years ago nearly destroyed our planet but instead helped start path to life

    06/15/2014 2:13:49 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 45 replies
    National Post ^ | June 13, 2014 | Joseph Brean
    Creation stories tend to be outlandish, in keeping with the near impossibility of explaining why the world is the way it is — from the week-long labours of the Old Testament God, to the eternal cycles of the Hindu creator Brahma, to Raven’s metaphysical trickery in Pacific Northwest First Nations tradition. Fanciful as they are, however, these myths have nothing on modern science, whose creation story — which already involves a mysterious Big Bang, perhaps one of many creations ex nihilo in infinite succession — this week got even weirder. At a geophysics conference in California, a series of discoveries...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "First Men In The Moon"(1964)

    06/22/2014 11:12:38 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 28 replies
    56.com ^ | 1964 | H.G. Wells
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Lisbon Honey Moon

    06/21/2014 1:46:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | June 21, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The Sun set on Friday the 13th as a full Honey Moon rose, captured in this well-planned time-lapse sequence. Lisbon, Portugal's Christ the King monument is in the foreground, about 6 kilometers distant from camera and telephoto lens. During the days surrounding today's solstice (June 21, 10:51 UT) the Sun follows its highest arc through northern hemisphere skies as it travels along the ecliptic plane. At night the ecliptic plane is low, and the Full Moon's path close to the ecliptic was also low, the rising Moon separating more slowly from the distant horizon. Northern moon watchers were likely...
  • Friday the 13th and a full moon can lead to real fears for some

    06/13/2014 6:10:07 PM PDT · by deport · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6-13-2014
    Friday the 13th and a full moon can lead to real fears for some If you’re a selenophobic— people who fear the moon— or suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia— fear of Friday the 13th— you may not want to leave the house today. For the first time in nearly a century, there will be a full moon rising on Friday the 13th. And for some, superstitions of these two phenomena are very real. “In the U.S. there are millions and millions of people who just want to stay home and not take any chances on either one of these – Friday the...
  • Arizona Man Arrested After Shooting at the Moon, High on Marijuana

    06/12/2014 1:31:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    WXYZ ^ | 6/11/2014 | Vivian Padilla
    A man was arrested by Prescott Valley police after he shot his handgun in a residence and claimed he was shooting at the moon. On Friday, a 49-year-old woman called police because her boyfriend had fired shots from a handgun and was still armed at the time, according to the Prescott Valley Police Department. Officers arrived at a residence near Robert Road and Loos Drive where they confronted 39-year-old Cameron Read. Read initially refused to leave the residence, but eventually exited and resisted arrest before being taken into custody by force, according to police. The victims told police Read had...
  • Arizona Police Arrest Man for Shooting at the Moon

    06/11/2014 7:06:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 41 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 11, 2014 | Reuters
    Arizona police arrest man for shooting at the moon PHOENIX (Reuters) - A marijuana smoker was arrested in Arizona after shooting at the moon with a handgun and wrestling with officers who were called by his girlfriend to subdue him, authorities said on Wednesday. Police went to a home in Prescott Valley, about 85 miles north of Phoenix, late last Friday where the woman told them her partner had fired several shots into the air after telling her and her teenage son he had seen Halley's Comet. Prescott Valley police spokesman Sergeant Brandon Bonney said Cameron Read, 39, was arrested...
  • FIGURES. Obama Doesn’t Know When Man First Walked On The Moon!

    06/10/2014 7:05:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 69 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/10/14 | Andrew Marcus
      Amateur hour-day-week-month-year continues at the White House.From The Blaze, can you spot the error in Obama’s tweet?: #TimeForAHistoryLesson Man first walked on the moon in 1969.Maybe Obama hired his White House staff away from the golf courses and resorts he’s spent so much time on. Only problem with that theory is those caddies and waiters are smarter than this group of clowns. 
  • Sending a Torah to the moon (Google Lunar X Project)

    06/08/2014 5:51:33 AM PDT · by equalator · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6-4-2014 | Staff
    Last week, the engineering arm of the European Space Agency confirmed that it has been commissioned to test the space-hardiness of the capsule that would contain the Torah, the Post reported. The capsule must be designed to protect the sacred text from the moon’s harsh radiation and temperature changes for at least 10,000 years. The moon lacks an atmosphere to trap heat, and the surface temperatures can rocket to a daytime high of about 253 degrees and plunge to 279 degrees below zero at night.
  • Moon created in violent collision with Earth, clues in Apollo rocks suggest.

    06/05/2014 1:18:44 PM PDT · by Natufian · 78 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6/52014 | Ian Sample
    A new analysis of lunar rocks brought home by Apollo mission astronauts has shed fresh light on the violent birth of the moon. Researchers in Germany have found small but distinctive chemical signatures that suggest the moon formed when a giant planetary body slammed into the early Earth 4.5bn years ago. Scientists have several theories for how the moon may have formed, but the "giant impact hypothesis" has been the leading explanation for some time. A cataclysmic impact between the Earth and a Mars-sized planet, known as Theia, would have scattered rock and dust from both bodies out into space,...
  • Try to Identify This Image.You Probably Won't And Will Be Astounded By What You See.

    05/31/2014 11:36:47 AM PDT · by lbryce · 64 replies
    Open Source ^ | May 30, 2014 | Stafff
    I will change the Keywords once it gets revealed
  • Russia Plans to Colonize Moon by 2030, Newspaper Reports

    05/08/2014 3:24:42 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 21 replies
    The MoscowTimes ^ | May. 08 2014 10:08 | Anna Dolgov
    Russia is planning to put a manned colony on the Moon as soon as in 2030, and is racing to dispatch the first robotic rovers to explore the lunar surface two years from now, a media report says. Newspaper Izvestia said Thursday it had gained access to a draft government program, prepared by the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Roscosmos federal space agency, Moscow State University and several space research institutes, outlining a three-step plan toward manning the moon.
  • Unique volcanic complex discovered on Moon’s far side

    07/25/2011 9:34:11 AM PDT · by decimon · 14 replies
    Washington University in St. Louis ^ | July 24, 2011 | Diana Lutz
    Nature of mysterious hot spot revealed by “photogeology” Analysis of new images of a curious “hot spot” on the far side of the Moon reveal it to be a small volcanic province created by the upwelling of silicic magma. The unusual location of the province and the surprising composition of the lava that formed it offer tantalizing clues to the Moon’s thermal history. The hot spot is a concentration of a radioactive element thorium sitting between the very large and ancient impact craters Compton and Belkovich that was first detected by Lunar Prospector’s gamma-ray spectrometer in 1998. The Compton-Belkovich Thorium...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Time Lapse of a Total Lunar Eclipse

    04/28/2014 5:23:35 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | April 28, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Why would a bright full Moon suddenly become dark? Because it entered the shadow of the Earth. Almost two weeks ago this exact event happened as the Moon underwent a total lunar eclipse. That eclipse, visible from the half of the Earth then facing the Moon, was captured in numerous spectacular photographs and is depicted in the above time lapse video covering about an hour. The above video, recorded from Mt. Lemmon Sky Center in Arizona, USA, keeps the Earth shadow centered and shows the Moon moving through it from west to east. The temporarily good alignment between Earth,...
  • LADEE Sees Zodiacal Light before Crashing into Moon, but Apollo Mystery Remains

    04/24/2014 3:30:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | April 24, 2014 | Bob King on
    With the glow of Earth well-hidden, any dust in the moon’s scant atmosphere around the time of orbital sunrise should become visible. Scientists also expected to see the softly luminous glow of the zodiacal light, an extensive cloud of comet and asteroid dust concentrated in the flat plane of the solar system. The zodiacal light gets its name from the zodiac, that familiar band of constellations the planets pass through as they orbit the sun. Back on Earth, the zodiacal light looks like a big thumb of light standing up from the western horizon a couple hours after sunset in...
  • 'Apollo's unsung hero' for developing the moon landing strategy in the 1960's dies aged 95

    04/20/2014 9:50:17 AM PDT · by DFG · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 04/19/2014 | AP
    John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. Houbolt died Tuesday at a nursing home in Scarborough, Maine, from complications from Parkinson's disease, his son-in-law Tucker Withington, of Plymouth, Mass., confirmed Saturday. As NASA describes on its website, while under pressure during the U.S.-Soviet space race, Houbolt was the catalyst in securing U.S. commitment to the science and engineering theory that eventually carried the Apollo crew to the moon and back safely.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Spica, Mars, and Eclipsed Moon

    04/15/2014 10:01:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    NASA ^ | April 16, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A beautiful, reddened Moon slid through dark skies on April 15, completely immersed in Earth's shadow for well over an hour. It was the year's first total lunar eclipse and was widely enjoyed over the planet's Western Hemisphere. Seen from the Caribbean island of Barbados, the dimmed lunar disk is captured during totality in this colorful skyview. The dark Moon's red color contrasts nicely with bright bluish star Spica, alpha star of the constellation Virgo, posing only about two degrees away. Brighter than Spica and about 10 degrees from the Moon on the right, Mars is near opposition and...
  • Lunar eclipse: ‘Blood moon’ sparks woes about biblical prophecy of apocalypse

    04/13/2014 5:25:38 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 26 replies
    The lunar eclipse this week will be the first of four "blood moons" and because significant events have occurred in history around the time of blood moon tetrads, many are wondering whether the biblical prophecy of the coming apocalypse is near. “Conspiracy websites draw parallels between lunar eclipses and historical events, like the fall of Constantinople and the founding of the State of Israel,” reports CTV News on April 13.
  • ‘Blood Moon’ Lunar Eclipse Visible April 14-15, Beginning Rare Series Of Total Eclipses

    04/08/2014 12:40:28 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 44 replies
    CBS ^ | 4APR2014 | Brandon Mercer
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Just in time for tax day, which may feel like trying to squeeze blood from a rock, the moon will appear blood-red in a total lunar eclipse on the night of April 14th and overnight into April 15h. The total eclipse will be at its best over the Bay Area at 12:46 a.m. on April 15th, but the beginnings of the eclipse will be visible starting around 9:55 p.m. The moon will begin turning red at 12:08 a.m. The eclipse is a rare celestial phenomenon easily observed with the naked eye, and as such it...
  • Triumph of His Will (Elon Musk / SpaceX bio)

    04/07/2014 7:46:11 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 19 replies
    Esquire Magazine ^ | 15NOV2012 | Tom Junod
    He is sitting at his desk, at the headquarters of his company — of one of his companies — SpaceX. He is eating. He is eating a plate of food that his personal assistant gave him. It is late, and he is eating to stay on schedule. He is a man of scrupulously developed politesse, and he worries that eating his scheduled dinner while completing his scheduled interview might give offense. It does not, because although he eats hungrily, he never succeeds in making his food look appetizing. On his white plate is a turkey leg, a sad bouquet of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Lunar Farside

    04/05/2014 4:06:18 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    NASA ^ | April 05, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Tidally locked in synchronous rotation, the Moon always presents its familiar nearside to denizens of planet Earth. From lunar orbit, the Moon's farside can become familiar, though. In fact this sharp picture, a mosaic from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's wide angle camera, is centered on the lunar farside. Part of a global mosaic of over 15,000 images acquired between November 2009 and February 2011, the highest resolution version shows features at a scale of 100 meters per pixel. Surprisingly, the rough and battered surface of the farside looks very different from the nearside covered with smooth dark lunar maria....
  • The billionaire who wants to harvest the moon

    04/04/2014 2:35:10 AM PDT · by kingattax · 11 replies
    Yahoo/CNBC ^ | April 3, 2014 | Susan Caminiti
    As a child growing up in rural India in the 1960s and 1970s, Naveen Jain would gaze up at the moon and imagine a life beyond his modest surroundings. Today he's still gazing at the moon, but for far different reasons. Jain, 55, is co-founder of Moon Express, a Mountain View, Calif.-based company that's aiming to send the first commercial robotic spacecraft to the moon next year. This serial entrepreneur-he founded Internet companies Infospace and Intelius-believes that the moon holds precious metals and rare minerals that can be brought back to help address Earth's energy, health and resource challenges. Among...
  • Scientists May Be Wrong About The Amount of Water In The Moon

    04/02/2014 7:19:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    counselheal.com ^ | counselheal.com | Kamal Nayan
    With the help of a self-developed computer model, a team of researchers forecasted how apatite would have crystalized from cooling bodies of lunar magma early in the Moon's history. The model proved that the abnormally hydrogen-rich apatite crystals seen in many Moon rock samples may not have developed within a water-rich environment as previously though. "The mineral apatite is the most widely used method for estimating the amount of water in lunar rocks, but it cannot be trusted," said Jeremy Boyce of the UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences in a statement. "Our new results show that there...
  • Early NASA diapers forced astronauts to disclose the size of their manhood

    03/30/2014 7:24:24 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 55 replies
    SFGate ^ | 3-24-14 | Craig Hlavaty
    <p>When NASA astronauts were suiting up to go to space in the 1960s, they had to make a big decision before they explored the world above us: How large of a man are you?</p> <p>Getting it wrong could damage the mission.</p>
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Milky Way Dawn

    03/29/2014 5:39:58 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | March 29, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: As dawn broke on March 27, the center of the Milky Way Galaxy stood almost directly above the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory. In the dry, clear sky of Chile's Atacama desert, our galaxy's dusty central bulge is flanked by Paranal's four 8 meter Very Large Telescope units in this astronomical fisheye view. Along the top, Venus is close to the eastern horizon. The brilliant morning star shines very near a waning crescent Moon just at the edge of one of the telescope structures. Despite the bright pairing in the east, the Milky Way dominates the scene though. Cut...
  • It's Time to Extend Routine Space Operations to the Moon (Op-Ed)

    03/26/2014 5:38:22 AM PDT · by lbryce · 29 replies
    Space.com ^ | March 24, 2014 | John Thorton
    John Thornton is CEO of Astrobotic Technology. He contributed this article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. When the XPRIZE Foundation announced the Google Lunar XPRIZE in 2007, Astrobotic Technology chairman Red Whittaker declared his intention to compete on the first day. Since then, we have worked methodically on the technology and operations for the $20 million Grand Prize. We have approached this from the outset as an opportunity to build a business. With only a few lunar landings since Apollo, there remains a deep cultural belief that they are extraordinarily difficult and expensive. Bold, risky pursuits are called...
  • Tesla's 'GigaFactory': Batteries not included?

    03/22/2014 1:43:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | March 21, 2014 | Daniel Mcgroarty
    To convey some sense of the audacity of Tesla's Elon Musk and his plans, consider that the sale of all-electric vehicles in the U.S. reached a high of 100,000 in 2013 — but that's still less than 1 percent of all cars sold. Enter Tesla's GigaFactory, aiming by 2020 for annual production of 500,000 lithium-ion battery packs. Under one roof — a very large one, at 10 million square feet — Tesla will “manage everything from processing raw materials to the assembly of the batteries.” All of which begs the question: Where is all that lithium going to come from?...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Apollo 17 VIP Site Anaglyph

    03/14/2014 9:29:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    NASA ^ | March 15, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Get out your red/blue glasses and check out this stereo scene from Taurus-Littrow valley on the Moon! The color anaglyph features a detailed 3D view of Apollo 17's Lunar Rover in the foreground -- behind it lies the Lunar Module and distant lunar hills. Because the world was going to be able to watch the Lunar Module's ascent stage liftoff via the rover's TV camera, this parking place was also known as the VIP Site. In December of 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt spent about 75 hours on the Moon, while colleague Ronald Evans orbited...
  • Gondwana Supercontinent Underwent Massive Shift During Cambrian Explosion

    08/11/2010 5:32:45 AM PDT · by decimon · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Yale University ^ | August 10, 2010 | Unknown
    New Haven, Conn. — The Gondwana supercontinent underwent a 60-degree rotation across Earth’s surface during the Early Cambrian period, according to new evidence uncovered by a team of Yale University geologists. Gondwana made up the southern half of Pangaea, the giant supercontinent that constituted the Earth’s landmass before it broke up into the separate continents we see today. The study, which appears in the August issue of the journal Geology, has implications for the environmental conditions that existed at a crucial period in Earth’s evolutionary history called the Cambrian explosion, when most of the major groups of complex animals rapidly...