DO NOT PUBLISH YET - Earths Moon - Formation ---- Composition and Orbit Archive
21 September 2015, 06:53 AM ET
With a week until the huge supermoon lunar eclipse, it's time to dust off your small telescopes and binoculars, track down an observatory event or webcast, or draft your invitations for a moon-cake party.
18 September 2015, 01:23 PM ET
If the weather is clear this evening, skywatchers will get to see two of the most popular objects to view through a telescope: the moon and Saturn.
18 September 2015, 12:33 PM ET
The Eagle has landed, again. An Apollo Lunar Module was moved to the National Air and Space Museum's "Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall," re-opening in July 2016.
18 September 2015, 09:29 AM ET
A series of four total lunar eclipses in a row is called a tetrad, or four Blood Moons. See how lunar eclipse tetrads work in this infographic.
18 September 2015, 07:27 AM ET
Learn what makes a big full moon a true 'supermoon' in this infographic.
17 September 2015, 07:43 AM ET
On Sept. 27, skywatchers throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and western Asia will witness a total eclipse that happens to occur when the moon looks abnormally large and bright in Earth's sky. Here's the science behind the "supermoon eclipse."
16 September 2015, 09:43 PM ET
16 September 2015, 07:48 AM ET
Starting with the waxing crescent moon tonight (Sept. 16), skywatchers with binoculars or small telescopes can spot the moon's geographic features in vivid detail. Here's how, and what to look out for.
12 September 2015, 09:00 AM ET
Sunday's eclipse will be visible directly only to observers in southern Africa, but people everywhere can view it live thanks to a webcast hosted by the Slooh Community Observatory. The show begins at 12:30 a.m. EDT; watch live here at
11 September 2015, 09:29 AM ET
How Solar Eclipses Work: When the moon covers up the sun, skywatchers delight in the opportunity to see a rare spectacle.
11 September 2015, 09:29 AM ET
What makes the moon turn dark and red? Find out in this infographic.
09 September 2015, 11:00 AM ET
If you want to see an eye-catching celestial display involving a slender crescent moon and two bright planets, then be sure to set your alarm clock to wake you up an hour before sunrise on Thursday morning (Sept. 10).
09 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The penguins are in luck, as are many southern skywatchers: A solar eclipse will be visible from Antarctica, southern Africa and the Indian Ocean on Sunday (Sept. 13).
08 September 2015, 11:02 AM ET
The moon will pass into Earth’s shadow producing a total lunar eclipse during the "Supermoon" – a time when the full moon occurs "at or near its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit," according to NASA.
08 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
An epic moon hangs over the medieval village of Monsaraz, in Portugal, in a new twilight photograph.
05 September 2015, 06:46 PM ET
The Star Wars toys awaken, a looming 'supermoon' eclipse overshadows a solar eclipse, and hoverboard technology aims for the stars in's best stories for this week.
03 September 2015, 06:00 AM ET
Scientists found that the median particle size in a set of 20 different Apollo soil samples held in laboratories for research use has decreased by more than half since the samples were first measured 40 years ago.
01 September 2015, 07:54 AM ET
The supermoon eclipse, which will grace Earth's skies on Sept. 27, features a full moon that looks considerably larger and brighter than usual. It will be the first such lunar eclipse since 1982, and the last until 2033.
31 August 2015, 03:06 PM ET
Cassini has once again turned to Enceladus, the enigmatic moon of Saturn.
31 August 2015, 12:55 PM ET
Aquarius and Capricornus host a couple of star clusters that can be revealed in detail with a telescope. Saturn is visible after nightfall. Mars, Venus and Jupiter are pre-dawn planets this month. Lastly, a Supermoon...
31 August 2015, 10:27 AM ET
On Sept. 27th, 2015, Earthlings will be treated to a skywatching event not seen seen 1982. The 'Supermoon' will also turn a reddish hue due to the moon passing directly behind the Earth, into its shadow.
27 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The "Mars Hoax" has been popping up every Aug. 27 since 2003, when it was born in a widely misinterpreted email. The sender of that message was trying to get people excited about an unusually close approach of Mars to Earth in late August 2003.
26 August 2015, 02:04 PM ET
The full moon this Saturday (Aug. 29) will look especially big in the sky, because the moon will be exceptionally close to Earth.
24 August 2015, 12:51 PM ET
The ancient lunar surface once erupted with geysers of lava — and now, scientists think they know what caused these fiery fountains.
21 August 2015, 12:00 PM ET
Japan-based Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. aims to launch a special "time capsule" can of its Pocari Sweat sports drink to the moon next year. The can will be delivered to the lunar surface aboard Astrobotic Technology's Griffin lander.
20 August 2015, 04:10 PM ET
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., maker of Japanese soft drink Pocari Sweat, wants to put a "time capsule" can on the lunar surface. They've teamed with startups Astroscale and Astrobotic to start The Lunar Dream Capsule Project.
18 August 2015, 06:00 PM ET
NASA's LADEE spacecraft has made the first-ever detection of neon in the wispy lunar atmosphere, which is properly known as an "exosphere" because it's so thin — about 100 trillion times less dense than that of Earth at sea level.
18 August 2015, 07:41 AM ET
The infamous Mars Hoax that has circulated widely through the Internet since its first appearance in 2003 — when it originated
18 August 2015, 07:39 AM ET
Every space-exploration mission could soon by manned. That's the vision of SpaceVR, a startup that aims to launch virtual-reality cameras to the International Space Station, the moon, Mars and anywhere else that spacecraft may travel in the future.
15 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
From the magnificent Milky Way to a tribute to Leonard Nimoy, don't miss these stunning space images.
13 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
San Francisco-based company Elysium Space announced Wednesday (Aug. 12) that it has signed a contract with Astrobotic Technology to deliver people's ashes to the surface of the moon aboard Astrobotic's Griffin lander.
08 August 2015, 08:58 AM ET
From an incredible photo of the moon crossing Earth's face to a new view of the dwarf planet Cere's mysterious bright spots, don't miss these amazing space images.
06 August 2015, 12:05 AM ET
The Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft recently caught the moon crossing Earth's face in a stunning video that shows off the mysterious lunar far side.
05 August 2015, 01:40 PM ET
NASA's Swamp Works development team wants to put drones on Mars, distant moons and the airless, sunless landscapes on asteroids.
05 August 2015, 10:26 AM ET
Orbiting 1 million miles ‘sunward’ of Earth, a four megapixel CCD camera/telescope captured Luna crossing over the Pacific Ocean from the Deep Space Climate Observer’s point of view on July 16th, 2015.