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2012-11-21 12:25:09

[ Watch the Video: Moon Phase & Libration 2013 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has helped to create an animation showing hourly intervals of the moon's surface throughout next year. Topographic measurements by the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter aboard LRO makes it possible to simulate shadows on the Moon's surface. "Thanks to Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, we now have excellent terrain maps of the Moon that can tell us...

'Supermoon' Expected This Weekend
2012-05-05 15:05:08

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year will occur this weekend. An estimated 16% brighter than normal, this spectacular ℠Supermoon´ will be visible in the night sky on Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT, according NASA. Click here for video. The scientific term for the phenomenon is "perigee moon." Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon's orbit. The Moon follows an elliptical path around Earth with one side ("perigee") about 50,000 km closer than...

Image 1 - Earth's Reflection From Moon Helps Search For Life Outside Our Solar System
2012-03-01 05:28:12

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] An international team of astronomers has found evidence of life in the Universe — right here on Earth — after pointing one of the world´s largest telescope at the Moon.  While the observation might seem trivial, it has helped perfect a technique that could lead to future discoveries of life outside our solar system. The researchers used the European Southern Observatory´s Very Large Telescope (VLT) to look at Earthshine reflected from...

The Night After Christmas Sky Show
2011-12-24 05:24:07

T'was the Night after Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring ... ...because everyone was outside watching the planets align? It's true. On Dec. 26th, the night after Christmas, Venus and the slender crescent Moon will gather for a jaw-dropping conjunction in the western sky. The action begins shortly before sunset. Around 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm local time, just as the sky is assuming its evening hue, Venus will pop into view, glistening bright in the deepening...

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2011-07-21 11:00:00

If you find yourself alone on the African plains, you may want to be more wary of wild animals, especially just after a full moon. Researchers found lion maulings increased dramatically at this time of the lunar phase when the sky is darkening and the animals are most hungry, The Guardian is reporting. Other predators, such as wolves, may also be at their most dangerous when the moon starts to wane. The discovery, from an African study of 500 lion attacks in Tanzania between 1988 and 2009,...

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2010-04-14 15:47:17

Light bounced off reflectors on the moon is fainter than expected and mysteriously dims even more whenever the moon is full. Astronomers think dust is a likely culprit, they report in a forthcoming issue of the journal Icarus. "Near full moon, the strength of the returning light decreases by a factor of ten," said first author Tom Murphy, associate professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego who leads an effort to precisely measure the distance from earth to moon by timing...

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2010-01-29 14:40:00

Tonight's full moon will be the biggest and brightest of the year. What is the reason for this larger than normal full moon? The moon is an average of 238,855 miles from Earth, but its orbit around our planet is an ellipse rather than a perfect circle.  One side of the orbit is 31,070 miles closer than the other. Once the moon reaches its closest point to us in each orbit it is called perigee. Once or twice a year perigee coincides with a full moon making the moon bigger and brighter...

2009-04-09 12:28:38

An Australian-led study shows, for the first time, differences in light reflection from Earth's land masses and oceans can be seen on the moon's far side. The researchers, led by Sally Langford of the University of Melbourne and including scientists from Princeton University, said the phenomenon, known as earthshine, might be used to view the physical makeup of planets too small to allow an image to be made of their surface. Langford said the brightness of the reflected earthshine varied as...

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2009-04-07 10:45:00

Researchers from the University of Melbourne and Princeton University have shown for the first time that the difference in reflection of light from the Earth's land masses and oceans can be seen on the dark side of the moon, a phenomenon known as earthshine. The paper is published in this week's edition of the international journal Astrobiology. Sally Langford from the University of Melbourne's School of Physics who conducted the study as part of her PhD, says that the brightness of the...


Latest Lunar phase Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Lunar Phase -- The lunar phase is an astronomical term referring to the portion of the Moon that is visibly illuminated by the Sun, as seen from Earth. As the Moon orbits the Earth, the relative positions of the Sun, Earth and Moon change. Since the Moon only appears bright due to the Sun's reflected light, only the half of the Moon closest to the Sun is illuminated. Lunar phases are the result of our seeing the illuminated half of the Moon at different angles. The Moon exhibits...

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