September 23, 2013 |
How old is the moon? Not as old as we once thought. The moon is likely to be 4.4 billion to 4.45 billion years old, or about 100 million years younger than previously thought, according to new research by geochemist Richard Carlson of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. It may be the closest body to us in space, but scientists are still not sure exactly how, or when, it formed. PHOTOS: Mysterious moons of the solar system The current working theory suggests that the moon formed when a large proto-planet plowed into the early Earth, creating a major explosion that sent huge amounts of rocky debris into space.
September 18, 2013 |
Happy harvest moon! Wednesday night's full moon is known as the harvest moon because it is the closest full moon to the fall equinox, which occurs Sunday and will mark the official start of autumn. The equinox happens twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, when the Earth isn't tilted toward the sun or away from it. On those days, the length of day and the length of night are almost exactly the same across the planet. PHOTOS: Amazing moons of the solar system There is nothing about the harvest moon itself that makes it different from any other full moon -- it isn't bigger or brighter, or more orange -- but it does appear to stick around longer.
September 14, 2013 |
Lara Parker played the woman everybody loved to hate on ABC's classic 1966-71 gothic horror daytime drama "Dark Shadows. " As Angelique, the powerful, vengeful witch, she kept fans on edge as she played out a love/hate relationship with the tormented vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid). But, much like many of the show's characters, just because the series was killed didn't mean it was dead forever. Parker has made it her mission to carry on the "Dark Shadows" stories through her writing.
September 6, 2013 |
Good news, space-loving hipsters: NASA has joined Instagram. As of Friday morning, you won't have to go hunting around the Internet for all those images of galaxies that look like animals, rockets about to launch, and Curiosity's adventures on Mars. They'll show up right in your Instagram stream, in that square format you've come to know and love. They will also be accompanied by fairly lengthy captions to help you understand a bit of the science behind what you see. The agency kicked off the account Friday morning with a full-color image of Earth rising over the horizon of the moon, taken from Apollo 11 in July 1969.
September 3, 2013 |
The space rock was about 2 feet in diameter and weighed more than 100 pounds. When it hit the Earth's atmosphere last week, it shone, briefly, 20 times brighter than the moon. NASA's cameras captured the meteor as it zipped over the Southeast United States on Wednesday. In the video above, you can watch as it comes soaring through the sky and explodes in a flash of light. The steady orb of light in the left of the frame is the moon. The meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere over the Georgia-Tennessee border at 12:30 a.m. PST, and shone for about 3 seconds, said Bill Cooke of NASA's meteoroid environment office in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. It was moving at 56,000 mph before it broke apart at an altitude of 33 miles.
August 30, 2013 |
Looking for a Labor Day sky-watching plan? Keep your eye out for Jupiter. The giant gaseous planet will be the second-brightest body in the sky, after the moon, this weekend, and you won't be able to miss it, according to EarthSky.org. The bummer for late-night partiers is that the best view of the planet will be early in the morning, some time around dawn. But early risers will have a front-row seat to the show. At 6 a.m. on Saturday morning, look low in the sky to the East to find Jupiter right next to a thin crescent moon.
August 30, 2013 |
“Blue moon, You saw me standing alone Without a dream in my heart Without a love of my own” The Lorenz Hart-Richard Rodgers romantic standard “Blue Moon” plays a significant role in Woody Allen's new drama “Blue Jasmine.” It is “the song” of the emotionally shattered former socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) and her late husband, the Bernie Madoff-esque Hal (Alec Baldwin). As Jasmine further descends into disillusion and madness, the song becomes her refuge from reality.
August 27, 2013 |
Scientists using a NASA instrument aboard an Indian spacecraft have discovered signs of water native to the moon - not brought from far away, but water that must have been locked beneath the lunar crust since its birth. The discovery by the ill-fated Chandrayaan-1 lunar probe represents the first time researchers have found signs of native water remotely. The results, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, offer further evidence that the moon has its own indigenous source of water.
August 23, 2013 |
NASA has sent a spacecraft to study the moon's surface and another to probe its "lumpy" gravity field, and now it's sending a new explorer to taste its atmosphere. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission will seek to study the vanishingly thin lunar "air" before commercial space-goers in the coming years potentially start disrupting the near-pristine environment. The $280-million mission is set for launch Sept. 6 at 11:27 p.m. EDT, LADEE scientists said Thursday during a news conference.
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August 21, 2013 |
It wasn't actually blue, but it was bright and it was rare as many Southern Californians turned to social media overnight to post their snapshots of the "blue moon. " Even early-morning commuters Wednesday were able to catch the last of the rare blue moon as it faded into daylight. Despite its billing, the moon wasn't actually blue (that only occurs after a volcano erupts or a major forest fire sends ash into the air, which acts as a filter). The reason for the title can be convoluted, but the short answer for the one that emerged Tuesday night: It was an extra summer moon . Meanwhile, skygazers took to social media to share snapshots that, literally, can only be taken once in a blue moon. Tonight's #BlueMoon over whittier, ca w plane passing by pic.twitter.com/Vyqe2gQlZH - Raul Roa (@raulroa)