Full Worm Moon Wriggles Up, Shows Its Head Tonight

With 14 below on the thermometer this morning I don’t think Full Worm Moon quite fits as a description for tonight’s full moon. How about the Sap Moon, named for the time when sap begins to run again in maple trees? No, a little too early for that. These traditional Native American moon names obviously…
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Moon Gives Us A Wink / Mars Near And Afar

After a splendid eclipse performance, the Moon returns at dusk this evening low in the southwestern sky after sunset. Reborn as a waxing crescent, it will slip away from the Sun in the coming days and gently light the night. For those who like something much more challenging than spying the Moon, try finding Saturn…
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Curiosity Snaps Sharpest-ever Photos Of “ring Of Fire” Eclipse On Mars

Now that’s what I call crisp! NASA just released a series of high resolution pictures of Phobos transiting the sun on August 17. Taken with the 100mm telephoto lens mounted on Curiosity’s mast, they’re the sharpest ever of an eclipse from another world. Curiosity paused during its drive toward Mt. Sharp and aimed its mast…
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Curiosity Sees Unearthly Moondance In Martian Skies

Mars’ moon Deimos is occulted by Phobos on Aug. 1 as seen by Curiosity What fun to live on a planet with TWO moons. Imagine stepping out into the Martian night to watch the moons Phobos and Deimos chase each other across the sky. NASA’s Curiosity rover did just that on Aug. 1 when mission…
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Mars Rovers Capture Loony Moons And Blue Sunsets

Mars has two tiny moons. Phobos, the larger of them, is a spud-shaped object about 14 miles (22 km) across. Deimos (DEE-mohs or DYE-mohs) is a bumpy ball with an average diameter of 8 miles (13 km). Compared to our moon’s 2,159 mile (3,474 km) diameter, these guys are truly small potatoes. Phobos passing overhead…
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