Archive for the ‘Moon’ Category

Astronomers find long-lost lunar rover

Monday, October 11th, 2010

The long lost lunar rover Lunokhod 1, has been rediscovered by astronomers using laser pulses, thirty-six years after it disappeared.

Folklore Confirmed: The Moon’s Phase Affects Rainfall

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

The Zuni Indians thought a red moon brought water. Seventeenth-century English farmers believed in a “dripping moon,” which supplied rain depending on whether its crescent was tilted up or down. Now scientists have found evidence for another adage: Rain follows the full and new phases of the moon.

Magnetic anomalies shield the Moon

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Evidence for magnetic anomalies strongly deflecting the solar wind from the lunar surface was presented at the European Planetary Science Congress today.

Moist Moon hinders China’s lunar telescope

Friday, September 24th, 2010

The discovery of water on the Moon could affect a telescope that will be installed on China’s first lunar lander, scheduled in 2013, a Chinese astronomer said.

Lunar mission sheds light on early solar system

Friday, September 24th, 2010

The geology of the Moon and the dynamics of the early solar system are much clearer now thanks to three new studies of the lunar surface by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). As well as providing insight into how and when lunar craters formed, the LRO has given researchers the opportunity to investigate the complex geological history of the Moon.

How to Observe the Moon Saturday Night

Friday, September 17th, 2010

This weekend brings the first global moon-watching event inspired by those who are curious about the moon, but there are some easy tricks that skywatchers may want to remember to make the most of the lunar-gazing experience.

This is the website for the International Observe the Moon Night and it’s a very good one!

The Moon Through LRO’s Eyes

Friday, September 17th, 2010

First, don’t forget that Saturday is the first-ever International Observe the Moon Night, for which a bunch of different organizations in and out of NASA have partnered to get your looking up at that big, bright, round thing in the sky.

Scientists report new insights into the moon’s rich geologic complexity

Friday, September 17th, 2010

The moon is more geologically complex than previously thought, scientists report Sept. 17 in two papers published in the journal Science.

The Hole Thing: Lunar Topographic Map Provides Rich Record of Impacts on the Moon

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Laser altimetry data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have provided a comprehensive look at the cratering history of the inner solar system

Global Swoon Over the Moon Set For Saturday

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

On Saturday, the world is invited to celebrate the first annual International Observe the Moon Night. And all you have to do to take part is look up.

The Moon Puts on Camo

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

A new geologic map of the moon’s Schrödinger basin paints an instant, camouflage-colored portrait of what a mash-up the moon’s surface is after eons of violent events.

Tonight’s Full Moon Won’t Really Be Full

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

This month’s full moon occurs Tuesday. Sort of. Despite what you might think, it isn’t really full.

Farthest Full Moon of 2010 on Tuesday Is Smallest, Too

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

The moon will reach full phase Tuesday. But as far as full moons go, it won’t be the most impressive. In fact, it will be the smallest full moon of the year.


Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Scientists consider the Earth’s only natural satellite to be a pristine environment, an “open book” where the history of the solar system is written. But according to new observations by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), there’s more than just impact craters — born from the violent early days of our developing star system — written in the lunar landscape.

Chlorine study suggests moon is dry after all

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

The moon’s interior may not be that wet after all, despite some recent studies that have suggested otherwise. A new analysis of Apollo rocks backs the old idea of a waterless world.


Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Moon rocks collected by Apollo astronauts 40 years ago contain evidence that the moon’s interior is bone dry, contrary to some more recent reports, say researchers. The conclusion is based on a new study focusing on chlorine isotopes in moon rocks, which are quite different from those found in terrestrial minerals.

Russia to launch moon probe in 2012

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos will launch a probe bearing a neutron generator to study the moon’s surface in 2012, a leading space researcher said on Tuesday.

Water ice could supply permanent Moon base

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Scientific analyses of water ice found in permanently frozen craters on the Moon by a NASA mission has shown that this water ice is “chock full” of other molecules, possibly including some carbon compounds.

Top 10 Coolest New Moon Discoveries

Friday, July 9th, 2010

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), NASA’s youngest moon probe, has beamed home a treasure trove of data since its mission began in June 2009. Here, we take at 10 of LRO’s most intriguing lunar discoveries so far.

Moon’s Craters Hold Clues to the Lunar Interior

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Researchers have a good idea of the minerals that make up the surface of the moon, thanks to thousands of lunar rocks brought back by Apollo astronauts and reams of remote-sensing information.