There's something flashing us on the moon, and we don't know what it is. But that might be about to change. We have known about the mysterious flashes since at least the late 1960s, when the astronomers Barbara Middlehurst and Patrick Moore reviewed the scientific literature and found nearly 400 reports of strange events on the moon. Small regions of the lunar surface would … [Read more...] about Why Does the Moon Keep Flashing Us?
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Humanity just planted its flag on the far side of the moon. China's robotic Chang'e 4 mission touched down on the floor of the 115-mile-wide (186 kilometers) Von Kármán Crater Wednesday night (Jan. 2), pulling off the first-ever soft landing on the mysterious lunar far side. Chang'e 4 will perform a variety of science work over the coming … [Read more...] about China Makes 1st-Ever Landing on Moon’s Mysterious Far Side
China is once again on the threshold of a historic first in its fast-paced exploration of Earth's moon. Having sent three previous missions moonward since 2007, including one that hosted the nation's first-ever robotic lander and rover, China's latest lunar foray began in the early hours of Dec. 8, 2018, when a Long March-3B carrier rocket launched from the Xichang … [Read more...] about With First-Ever Landing on Moon’s Far Side, China Will Enter ‘Luna Incognita’
The full moon of December, called the Full Cold Moon, will arrive on Dec. 22, a day after making a close pass by Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus. The moon becomes officially full on Dec. 22 at 12:49 p.m. EST (1749 GMT), according to NASA. The moon will be in the constellation Taurus and will rise about 15 minutes after sunset. The full moon happens to occur … [Read more...] about December Full Moon 2018: The ‘Cold Moon’ Marks the Start of Winter
Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, is a prime candidate in the search for life elsewhere in our Solar System — but landing a spacecraft on the planet may be even more difficult than we thought. Certain patches of ice on Europa could be rough and jagged, resembling sharp blades, according to a new modeling. And that may make it hard for future probes to touch down gently on … [Read more...] about Future spacecraft landing on Jupiter’s moon Europa may have to navigate jagged blades of ice