Full Broken Snowshoe Moon Shines Tonight And Friday

There are many names for full moons, most of which trace back to Native American peoples and the early colonists. April’s full moon is traditionally known as the Full Pink Moon, named for the flower moss pink or ground phlox, which blooms across eastern North America in April. Other native tribes know it as the…
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Universe’s First Molecule Detected Around A Dying Star

Trillions of degrees. That was the temperature a fraction of a second after the Big Bang. So darn hot it took 380,000 years for it to cool down enough for individual protons and neutrons to come together to form the first atoms. Cool is a relative term. The temperature at the time simmered around 6,700°…
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Meteoroid Strikes Eject Ghostly Plumes Of Water From The Moon

The moon just keeps getting wetter and wetter. Trace amounts of water were found in rocks returned from manned Apollo and unmanned Soviet missions. Then in the late 1990s, during orbital missions to the moon to map and study its surface minerals, scientists detected the water ice in permanently shadowed craters in the moon’s polar…
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A Big Sunspot Is Staring Us In The Face

Sunspots have been meager this year. As we approach the minimum of the 11-year sunspot cycle, solar activity is ebbing. That’s why it’s so exciting to see a big sunspot blemish the sun’s face these past few days. Amateur astronomer Giorgio Rizzarelli of Trieste, Italy sent along his photos to share the news when it…
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Israel Will Attempt To Land On The Moon Today — Watch It Live

This afternoon around 2-4 p.m. Central Time, Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft will attempt to soft-land on the moon. If successful, Israel will become the fourth country after the U.S., Russia and China to so. Beresheet, which means genesis, was created and launched by SpaceIL, a non-profit organization that promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in Israel.…
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