Earth's Moon: Formation, Composition and Orbit

Scientists say a giant impact knocked off the raw ingredients for the moon off the primitive molten Earth and into orbit.
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The Far Side of the Moon Has Phases and Now You Can See 'Em (Video)
Far Side of the Moon
February 25th, 2015
The far side of the moon undergoes phases of light and dark, just like the side facing Earth. A new video featuring images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter brings those phases to light.
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'NASCAR on the Moon': 2 Teams Partner in Private Moon Race
This artist's illustration shows the Google Lunar X Prize team Astrobotic's lander on the surface of the moon. Astrobotic and the Japanese team Hakuto plan to fly to the moon together atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in late 2016.
February 23rd, 2015
This is definitely a new kind of space race. Two teams competing in a private moon competition have teamed up to get to the lunar surface by the end of next year, potentially sowing the seeds for a lunar NASCAR race.
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Ghost Supermoon Will Be Hiding This Month
September 2014 Supermoon in Zagreb, Croatia
February 13th, 2015
On Feb. 19, a "supermoon" — a special event when the moon is full and also at its closest point to Earth in orbit — will occur. But unfortunately, it will be invisible to skywatchers on Earth.
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Moon Space Law: Legal Debate Swirls Around Private Lunar Ventures
Commercial businesses are eyeing the moon. This early concept art shows a lunar operation as envisioned by Bigelow Aerospace. The private firm is intent on leveraging its work on expandable habitats in low Earth orbit for use on the moon.
February 24th, 2015
A recent action by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is stirring up some moon dust in a legal debate about private companies setting up shop on the moon.
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Moon, Venus, Mars Meet in Friday Night Sky: How to See It
Mars, Venus, and the Moon, February 2015 Sky Map
February 18th, 2015
Mars, Venus and the moon will meet up in a particularly beautiful cosmic display Friday. If you've been watching the evening twilight sky over the past few weeks, you will have seen the brilliant planet Venus gradually moving away from the sun, setting sl
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What Would It Be Like to Live on the Moon?
Lunar Base Made with 3D Printing
February 10th, 2015
With its very low gravity, interesting topographical features and great view of Earth, the moon could be an exciting place to live.
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Shining Light on the Phases of the Moon
The full moon rising on March 5, 2015 will be the "apogee" full moon, meaning that the lunar body is at its farthest distance from Earth for the year.
February 23rd, 2015
The first celestial object that attracts the attention of many people at a young age is the moon. The lunar surface appears to go through phases through the course of a month, but what causes the moon to shine differently from week to week?
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Chinese New Year: How to See the New Moon Live Online Thursday
slooh new moon
February 18th, 2015
The online observatory Slooh will broadcast real-time views of the new moon on Thursday, marking the beginning of the Chinese New Year.
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European Space Cargo Ship's Fiery Demise Stars in New Video
ATV-4 Burns Up
February 9th, 2015
A stunning video shows the destruction of a robotic cargo ship re-entering Earth's atmosphere in November after delivering supplies to the International Space Station.
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