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If you were looking up at the Moon on March 17, 2013 at 03:50:55 UTC, you might have seen one of the brightest “lunar flashes” ever witnessed. And it would have been visible with just the naked eye.
“On March 17, 2013, an object about the size of a small boulder hit the lunar surface in Mare Imbrium,” says Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. “It exploded in a flash nearly 10 times as bright as anything we’ve ever seen before.”
The scientists estimate that the flash came from a 40 kg meteoroid measuring 0.3 to 0.4 meters wide hitting the Moon, likely traveling about 90,000 km/hr (56,000 mph.) The resulting explosion packed as much punch as 5 tons of TNT.If you were looking up at the Moon on March 17, 2013 at 03:50:55 UTC, you might have... more
Oh, this is going to be a laughfest!
-- In what appears to be a sort of Burning Man for Teabaggers, Glenn Beck aims to change the way we celebrate the Fourth of July: on July 6th, at an amphitheater in the Utah desert by telling the American story from the perspective of the "Man in the Moon." That's right, the Man in the Moon. Why, you ask? Great question...
http://veracitystew.com/?p=48821Oh, this is going to be a laughfest! -- In what appears to be a sort of Burning Man... more
A prototype NASA spacecraft exploded on lift-off during a test flight at Kennedy Space Center Thursday afternoon.
http://www.examiner.com/article/prototype-nasa-spacecraft-explodes-burns-during-test-at-kennedy-space-centerA prototype NASA spacecraft exploded on lift-off during a test flight at Kennedy Space... more
"Most scientists had assumed the flags hadn’t survived more than four decades of harsh conditions on the moon."
http://veracitystew.com/?p=40101"Most scientists had assumed the flags hadn’t survived more than four... more
The Saturn V rocket carrying the Apollo 11 crew had blasted off from Florida about 109 hours earlier. The two astronauts spent just over 21 hours on the moon before returning to the orbiting Columbia module to begin their journey back to Earth.
More at the linkThe Saturn V rocket carrying the Apollo 11 crew had blasted off from Florida about 109... more
On May 20, our moon will pass between the Earth and the sun, creating a brilliant annular solar eclipse for some viewers and an equally amazing partial solar eclipse for many others.
An annular solar eclipse happens when the moon is at a certain distance from the Earth, so that it appears relatively smaller than the sun; in a total eclipse, the moon appears to be the same size as the sun. This all happens because the moon’s orbit around the Earth isn’t a perfect circle but rather is an ellipse, putting it sometimes a bit further from the Earth than others.
An annular eclipse gets its name due to the ring, or annulus, that forms around the moon when the eclipse reaches maximum.
Due to the size of the moon compared to the size of the sun (and the fact that the moon can’t block the sunlight for everyone on Earth at once), not everyone will be able to see this annular eclipse. Only a relatively small number of people will be in just the right spot to see the annulus. But if you’re outside of the ideal viewing area, by no means are you out of luck!On May 20, our moon will pass between the Earth and the sun, creating a brilliant... more
Skywatchers take note: The biggest full moon of the year is due to arrive this weekend.
The moon will officially become full Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT. And because this month's full moon coincides with the moon's perigee — its closest approach to Earth — it will also be the year's biggest.
The moon will swing in 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) from our planet, offering skywatchers a spectacular view of an extra-big, extra-bright moon, nicknamed a supermoon.
And not only does the moon's perigee coincide with full moon this month, but this perigee will be the nearest to Earth of any this year, as the distance of the moon's close approach varies by about 3 percent, according to meteorologist Joe Rao, SPACE.com's skywatching columnist. This happens because the moon's orbit is not perfectly circular.
This month's full moon is due to be about 16 percent brighter than average. In contrast, later this year on Nov. 28, the full moon will coincide with apogee, the moon's farthest approach, offering a particularly small and dim full moon.
Though the unusual appearance of this month's full moon may be surprising to some, there's no reason for alarm, scientists warn. The slight distance difference isn't enough to cause any earthquakes or extreme tidal effects, experts say.
However, the normal tides around the world will be particularly high and low. At perigee, the moon will exert about 42 percent more tidal force than it will during its next apogee two weeks later, Rao said.
The last supermoon occurred in March 2011.
To view this weekend's supermoon to best effect, look for it just after it rises or before it sets, when it is close to the horizon. There, you can catch a view of the moon behind buildings or trees, an effect which produces an optical illusion, making the moon seem even larger than it really is.Skywatchers take note: The biggest full moon of the year is due to arrive this... more
booking flights for space travel – e.g. up 60 km above the earth – by 2014, and for flights to the moon by 2016, transporting thousands of people to those destinations for a small fraction of the cost of what fuel-based shuttle services are projecting. He'll even be accepting down payments with guarantees for both flight opportunities. You'll be able to put 20% of $50,000 Euros down to reserve your seat on a trip to the moon. "It may even end up costing less than that."booking flights for space travel – e.g. up 60 km above the earth – by... more
There are tons of TV shows out there, like Ancient Aliens, Alien Encounters, My College Son is an Alien, but never before has a TV show been able to bring together experts from the past, the present and the future to answer the question, Are we alone? We know that all one would need to do is to look around to see if you are indeed alone, but these smart guys seems to think that the moon is made out of cheese and there are little men with big eyes that fly here…. Oh, wait. What is that? Up there, in the sky, hey, I gotta go, get the camera…There are tons of TV shows out there, like Ancient Aliens, Alien Encounters, My... more
It's confusing to us Progressives when Repugs attack one another...Confusing but funny!
http://veracitystew.com/?p=32416It's confusing to us Progressives when Repugs attack one another...Confusing but... more
Watch The Moon Age 4.5 Billion Years In Under 3 Minutes [Video]
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The moon may seem barren and boring, but each of those craters has a story, the story of an awesome space collision. Over its 4.5 billion year life, the moon has had an awful lot of those, turning it into the pockmarked celestial body we know and love today. Fortunately for you NASA’s Goddard Multimedia team has comprised this lovely little video that gives you the quick version. At a quick but impressive 2:42, it’s definitely worth a watch and sure beats staring at the sky, slack-jawed, for 4.5 billion years.
(via io9)Watch The Moon Age 4.5 Billion Years In Under 3 Minutes [Video] Goddard Multimedia... more
The funniest and strangest thing you'll see this weekend...(don't forget the popcorn)...
http://veracitystew.com/2012/02/11/preview-sarah-palin-vs-nazis-from-the-moon-video/The funniest and strangest thing you'll see this weekend...(don't forget the... more
In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.
When American astronaut James Washington puts down his lunar lander a bit too close to the secret Nazi base, the Moon Führer decides the glorious moment of retaking the Earth has arrived sooner than expected.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py_IndUbcxc&feature=player_embeddedIn the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by... more
Newtie Gingrich yearns for the American colonization of the moon in this hilarious classic, heartrending song.
http://veracitystew.com/2012/02/02/newt-gingrich-would-like-to-live-on-the-moon-video/Newtie Gingrich yearns for the American colonization of the moon in this hilarious... more
The US space agency (Nasa) has succeeded in placing two new satellites in orbit around the Moon.Both spacecraft were put in elliptical paths around the lunar body over the weekend after performing braking manoeuvres following their more than 100-day journey from Earth.
link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16353839The US space agency (Nasa) has succeeded in placing two new satellites in orbit around... more
Nasa spacecraft orbits moon on New Year's Eve as part of $500m mission to scan Earth’s nearest neighbour from crust to coreA Nasa spacecraft fired its engine and slipped into orbit around the moon Saturday in the first of two back-to-back arrivals over the New Year's weekend.Ground controllers erupted in cheers and applause after receiving a signal that the probe was healthy and circling the moon. An engineer was seen on closed-circuit television blowing a noisemaker to herald the New Year's Eve arrival.
link:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2080881/Nasa-spacecraft-orbits-moon-New-Years-Eve-500m-mission-scan-Earth-s-nearest-neighbour-crust-core.htmlA Nasa spacecraft fired its engine and slipped into orbit around the moon Saturday in... more
Moon countdown: Hours until 1st NASA probe arrives
Spain says deficit bigger than expected, hikes taxes
Court blocks EPA rule in last-minute orderMoon countdown: Hours until 1st NASA probe arrives Spain says deficit bigger than... more