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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Sun to Outshine Spectacular Cosmic Alignment Saturday
Conjunction of Nov. 22, 2014
November 21st, 2014
The morning sky will play host to a spectacular gathering of solar system objects grouped closely together tomorrow (Nov. 22), but it won't be easy for observers on Earth to see it.
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Private Moon Mission Aims to Drill Into Lunar South Pole by 2024
Artist's concept of the robotic Lunar Mission One touching down at the moon's south pole in 2024.
November 19th, 2014
The newly announced Lunar Mission One plans to drill at least 65 feet underground at the moon's south pole in 2024, collecting samples that should shed light on the early days of the Earth and moon.
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China's 1st Round-Trip Moon Shot Sets Stage for Bigger Lunar Feats
Retrieval Team Inspects China's Lunar Test Capsule
November 5th, 2014
In the coming years, China plans to launch another moon lander and rover, as well as an ambitious lunar sample-return mission.
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Binary Earth-Size Planets Possible Around Distant Stars
Imminent Planetary Collision
November 21st, 2014
Binary Earth-size planets that orbit each other might exist around distant stars, researchers say. Simulations suggest such worlds can begin circling each other after slow, grazing collisions.
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Israeli XPrize Mission Science Twist: Map Lunar Magnetism (Op-Ed)
SpaceIL Google Lunar XPrize spacecraft concpetion
November 7th, 2014
SpaceIL is hoping to not only land an Israeli craft on the moon, but also learn a bit about lunar magnetism while the lander is there.
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NASA Spacecraft's Grave on the Moon Found (Photo)
LADEE Moon Probe's Lunar Grave
October 30th, 2014
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter photographed a new lunar crater that researchers say is the grave of the space agency's LADEE probe, which ended its mission with an intentional crash onto the moon's surface on April 18, 2014.
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Partial Solar Eclipse Today: A Weather Forecast
This graphic, provided by NASA, shows which parts of the globe will be able to see the partial solar eclipse of Oct. 23, 2014.
October 23rd, 2014
Viewers throughout most of the United States are in position to see a partial solar eclipse Thursday afternoon (Oct. 23). Unfortunately, clouds will likely get in the way in some parts of the country.
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Mars and the Moon Meet Up in Twilight Sky Tonight
Mars and the Moon by Porto
October 27th, 2014
The moon and Mars will create a pretty tableau along the southwest horizon at dusk tonight and tomorrow.
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