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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NASA Spacecraft Now Closer to Moon Than Ever
LRO Flying Closer to Moon Than Ever Before
May 22nd, 2015
On May 4, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter performed two engine burns, changing its orbit to one that gets within 12 miles (20 kilometers) of the moon's south pole and 103 miles (165 km) of the north pole.
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Europe's Next Space Chief Wants a Moon Colony on the Lunar Far Side
Moon Outpost Concept
May 1st, 2015
Johann-Dietrich Wörner expressed his enthusiasm for a moon colony at the Space Foundation's National Space Symposium, a gathering of global, commercial, civil, military and "new space" experts that was held here from April 13 to April 16.
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Moon and Jupiter Rendezvous This Weekend: How to See Them
Jupiter and the Galilean Moons, April 2015
April 24th, 2015
About 45 minutes after the sun sets on Saturday and Sunday, Jupiter and the moon will be visible in the southwest sky, roughly two-thirds of the way up from the horizon to the point directly overhead (called the zenith).
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Highlights of May's Night Sky: The Big Dipper, Moon and Venus
Big Dipper Over the Canary Islands
May 15th, 2015
The famous Big Dipper star pattern shines in May's night sky, as do the moon and a surprisingly nocturnal Venus.
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Full Moon Shines Over Lighthouse in Stunning View (Photo)
Moon and Belt of Venus Diesel
April 29th, 2015
Greg Diesel took this image of the moon over the Bodie Island Lighthouse in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
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Virgo Rises: Spot Second-Largest Constellation This Week
59 Virginis in the Constellation of Virgo
April 17th, 2015
Right now is a good time to look for Virgo, since the bright moon is not lighting up the evening sky. (Virgo may be very large, but most of her stars are rather dim.)
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Milky Way Majesty in Maine Captivates Night Sky Photographer (Photo)
Nubble Lighthouse and Milky Way by Evans
April 29th, 2015
This seven-image panorama shows the Milky Way above Cape Neddick Light Station in York, Maine. Astrophotographer A. Garrett Evans took this image on March 25 around just before the start of astronomical sunrise.
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