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02

Apr

Scientists may have solved the riddle of the moon’s ageBy determining the moon’s age, we can now explain why the moon and Earth are so mysteriously similar.

Scientists may have solved the riddle of the moon’s age
By determining the moon’s age, we can now explain why the moon and Earth are so mysteriously similar.

20

Mar

See the moon’s north pole like never before with NASA HD mapA new mosaic from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter showcases the north pole in high resolution.

See the moon’s north pole like never before with NASA HD map
A new mosaic from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter showcases the north pole in high resolution.

12

Mar

Press ‘M’ for Moon: Lunar elevator not just a pipe dreamIs a quick ride to the moon just a durable, high-strength tether away?

Press ‘M’ for Moon: Lunar elevator not just a pipe dream
Is a quick ride to the moon just a durable, high-strength tether away?

19

Feb

Moon, Mars, star form celestial triangleThough stargazers will have to stay up a bit late to see Mars rise, the wait will be worth it.

Moon, Mars, star form celestial triangle
Though stargazers will have to stay up a bit late to see Mars rise, the wait will be worth it.

28

Jan

Photo of the day: Dreamy pink moon rises in the Alaska Peninsula

24

Jan

See the moon dance with planet, starsThe moon will be partnered up with a number of its neighbors this week, including Venus, Mars and Saturn.

See the moon dance with planet, stars
The moon will be partnered up with a number of its neighbors this week, including Venus, Mars and Saturn.

15

Jan

Why will tonight’s full moon be the smallest of 2014?A minimoon happens, in part, because the moon’s slight elliptical orbit takes it farther away from Earth than usual.

Why will tonight’s full moon be the smallest of 2014?
A minimoon happens, in part, because the moon’s slight elliptical orbit takes it farther away from Earth than usual.

18

Dec

Jupiter and moon meet up in night sky tonightThe sedate whiteness of Jupiter will be easy to spot in a clear sky.

Jupiter and moon meet up in night sky tonight
The sedate whiteness of Jupiter will be easy to spot in a clear sky.

21

Nov

What does a laser beam from the moon look like?The laser-based communications system in NASA’S LADEE moon probe could help scientists send and retrieve data from distant spacecraft in the future.

What does a laser beam from the moon look like?
The laser-based communications system in NASA’S LADEE moon probe could help scientists send and retrieve data from distant spacecraft in the future.

As Earth’s only natural satellite, the moon has always bewitched and bewildered us. Here’s a graphical look at its luminous allure.

As Earth’s only natural satellite, the moon has always bewitched and bewildered us. Here’s a graphical look at its luminous allure.