Seven Sisters And Two Goddesses Grace The Dawn

It’s an all female crew tomorrow at dawn. Look low in the northeastern sky starting about an hour and a half before sunrise and the first thing you’ll notice is the lunar crescent filled out with ample earthshine. To its left will shine radiant Venus, the brightest planet in the sky. Both Venus and the moon or Luna have…
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See The June Strawberry Minimoon Tonight

Half a moon cycle ago, I wrote about the crescent supermoon making its appearance in the evening sky. Supermoons occur around the time of new and full moon, when the moon is at or near perigee, its closest point to Earth. The reason the moon’s distance varies throughout its cycle is because it orbits the…
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NASA’s Lunar Orbiter Jiggled By Meteoroid Hit

On Oct.13, 2014 something very strange happened to the camera aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The camera normally does a bang up job producing sharp and beautiful images of the lunar surface, but this one had the jitters. From the sudden and jagged pattern apparent in the image, the orbiter team determined that the…
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Moon-Planet Conjunctions — The Possibilities Are Infinite!

Every month, the traveling moon circles across the entire sky, passing through the 12 constellations of the zodiac and briefly lining up with various bright planets that currently inhabit those star groups: Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Ophiuchus (not an official zodiac constellation, but that’s another story) and Venus in Pisces. The alignments are called conjunctions,…
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Astronomers Discover Evidence For Frost In Moon Craters

When you look up at the moon tonight, imagine there’s frost there. Not everywhere, just a few deep craters at the moon’s south pole, but an evocative image just the same. Scientists using data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) have identified bright areas in craters near the moon’s south pole cold enough to have…
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