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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Our Tiny Moon Hides A Supergiant Star Tonight

How does the moon do it? Only 2,160 miles across, tonight it will cover a supergiant star 75 times the diameter of the sun,  23 times more massive and 165,000 times more luminous. Amazing. The moon does its trick because it’s so close to the Earth, the same way you can raise your thumb and hide…
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Crescent Supermoon Smiles In The West Tonight

You normally hear the term supermoon applied to an unusually close (and large) full moon, but the truth is, a supermoon can occur during other phases, too. The closest supermoons happen during full and new moon, the two times a month when the sun, Earth and moon are lined up in a row. This month’s supermoon occurred on…
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See Venus And The Crescent Moon Tomorrow At Dawn

Tomorrow morning, you can see what I consider the prettiest pairing of celestial objects: the crescent moon and Venus. They’re the two brightest objects in the night sky, and when seen together, they always make a beautiful sight. I would get out of bed for this, but I know better. Rain is forecast throughout the…
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When The Moon Gets All Bent Out Of Shape

Watching a moonrise can be filled with surprises. Especially if you can see clear down to the horizon. Last night, I was out with a group of folks from the local radio club and we thrilled to a pumpkin-orange moon rising over Lake Superior. Heck, it even looked like a pumpkin — bigger around its equator…
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