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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Smash! Aftermath of Colossal Impact Spotted Around Sunlike Star
Artist’s Concept of Large Impact Around Star NGC 2547-ID8
August 28th, 2014
The researchers detected a huge disk of dusty debris around a sunlike star called NGC-2547 ID8. The cloud was likely spawned when two planetary building blocks slammed into each other just two years ago or so, scientists said.
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Japanese Team Hakuto Shoots for the Moon (Op-Ed)
CFRP two-wheel tetris model, lunar, moon, XPRIZE, Hakuto, Takeshi Hakamada, ispace
August 22nd, 2014
Tag-team robot rovers may help usher in a new era of lunar exploration.
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Budding Night Sky Photographer Sees a Stunning Crescent Moon (Image)
Crescent Moon from Pacific Northwest
August 19th, 2014
John Nelson took this image of the crescent moon from the Pacific Northwest. See how he did it here.
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'Supermoon' Photos: Biggest Full Moon of 2014 Wows Stargazers
Supermoon Rising Behind a Lighthouse in New Zealand
August 11th, 2014
Photographers around the world ventured outside Sunday (Aug. 10) to snap photos of the bright, full 'supermoon' rising in the night sky.
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Roof-Crashing Meteorite Linked to Giant Impact that Made the Moon
Fireball Over California's Bay Area on Nov. 18, 2012
August 19th, 2014
A meteorite that crashed into a California house in November 2012 can be traced back to the giant impact that formed Earth's moon 4.5 billion years ago, a new study reveals. Astronomers have reconstructed the violent history of the Novato meteorite.
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