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Latest Phases of the Moon Stories

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2010-09-22 10:15:00

For the first time in almost 20 years, northern autumn is beginning on the night of a full Moon, setting the stage for a "Super Harvest Moon" and a must-see sky show to mark the change of seasons.

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2010-01-29 14:40:00

Tonight's full moon will be the biggest and brightest of the year.

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2009-12-29 06:50:00

The blue moon has long been a subject of poetry and one of those phrases that is used without quite understanding the meaning, but its presence is a scientific marker for a rotating earth that runs by its own clock, ignoring man’s calendar.

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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2009-01-10 00:10:00

The biggest full Moon of 2009 is coming this weekend. It's a perigee Moon as much as 30% brighter than lesser moons we'll see in the months ahead. Get ready for moonlight!

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2008-12-12 10:15:00

No, you can not see Neil Armstrong's footprint, but go ahead and look: The full Moon of Dec 12th is the biggest and brightest full Moon of the year.

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2008-06-18 00:05:00

Sometimes you just can't believe your eyes. This week is one of those times. On Wednesday night, June 18th, step outside at sunset and look around. You'll see a giant form rising in the east.

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2008-04-05 17:05:00

On Sunday evening, April 6th, a 2% crescent moon emerges from the glare of the sun like the wry smile of a Cheshire cat beaming through the tawny-orange sunset.

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2007-06-28 07:40:00

For sky watchers in the northern hemisphere, this weekend is the best time of the year to experience the mysterious and beautiful Moon Illusion.

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2007-05-31 13:10:00

At 9:04 pm Eastern Daylight Time on May 31st, the full moon over North America will turn blue. Not really. But it will be the second full moon of May and, according to folklore, that makes it a Blue Moon.


Latest Phases of the Moon 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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