DO NOT PUBLISH YET - Earths Moon - Formation ---- Composition and Orbit Archive
02 April 2014, 01:00 PM ET
The moon is Earth's nearest neighbor, but its origins date back to a violent birth billions of years ago. See how the moon was made in this Space.com infographic.
24 March 2014, 06:34 PM ET
The technology to make lunar missions routine is on the horizon, says Astrobotic CEO John Thornton.
24 March 2014, 04:32 PM ET
Volunteers with no astronomy experience can pick out craters on the moon as accurately as a researcher with five to 50 years' experience, a new study reports. The finding could give a further boost to the use of citizen scientists in research projects.
24 March 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Scientists have identified a dozen or so promising targets for NASA's asteroid-capture mission, which seeks to drag a small rock — or a piece of a larger one — into a stable orbit around the moon, where it would be visited by astronauts down the road.
21 March 2014, 05:34 PM ET
The agency announced today (March 21) that it's seeking proposals for advanced technology-development studies that could bring the asteroid-redirect mission closer to reality and help keep the effort's costs down.
19 March 2014, 06:36 PM ET
This spectacular space wallpaper is a mosaic from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter showcasing the north pole in high resolution. The images run from 60 to 90 degrees north latitude, with a resolution of 6.5 feet (2 meters) per pixel.
19 March 2014, 04:00 PM ET
The new mosaic — which was captured by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter — resolves features as small as 6.5 feet, providing information that could be used for landing-site scouting or to answer various questions about the lunar surface.
19 March 2014, 01:31 PM ET
Photographer Matt Hartman captured this stunning image of an airplane streaking across a huge Full 'Worm' Moon on Sunday (March 16) as full moon of March lit up the Los Angeles sky.
18 March 2014, 05:37 PM ET
If you have clear weather this evening, you may catch a view of a waning gibbous moon accompanied by a very bright and colorful planet (Mars) to its upper left and a bright blue star (Spica) to its upper right.
17 March 2014, 06:45 AM ET
Night sky photographer Miguel Claro of Lisbon, Portugal, reveals stunning images showing craters of the moon in March. See how he did it here.
14 March 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Engineers at MIT suggest setting up orbital propellant depots to fuel future missions to the moon. Such en-route stations would mean spacecraft could launch with less fuel on board and hence carry heavier loads like larger scientific experiments.
12 March 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The moon will pass in front of a star cluster tonight (March 12), and you can watch it happen. As the moon moves around the Earth, it frequently passes in front of stars, causing what is called a lunar occultation.
06 March 2014, 04:21 PM ET
The 25-foot-wide (8 meters) asteroid 2014 EC came within 38,300 miles (61,600 kilometers) of our planet at 4:21 p.m. ET today, NASA officials said. For comparison, the moon orbits Earth at an average distance of 239,000 miles (385,000 km).
06 March 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The 33-foot-wide (10 meters) near-Earth asteroid 2014 EC will come within 34,550 miles (55,600 kilometers) of Earth's surface this afternoon (March 6). You can watch the flyby here at Space.com beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET.
04 March 2014, 04:26 PM ET
LiftPort Group of Seattle seems to think so. This private company proposes launching rockets from Earth to a 'Lagrange Point PicoGravity Lab' where cargo can be transferred to and from the lunar surface.
03 March 2014, 03:10 PM ET
Asteroid 2014 DX110 will come within 218,000 miles of Earth on its closest approach on March 5th, 2014. It is about 90 feet wide.
25 February 2014, 11:34 AM ET
Venus has returned to the early morning sky, establishing itself as a dazzling morning lantern. The planet is emerging into view from beyond the east-southeast horizon soon after 4:00 a.m. local standard time.
21 February 2014, 07:20 AM ET
Early on Saturday morning (Feb. 22), if skies are clear, you’ll have an opportunity to catch sight of the last quarter moon pairing off the ringed wonder of the solar system, Saturn.
09 February 2014, 09:00 AM ET
Night sky photographers Erwin Matys and Karoline Mrazek captured this amazing view of the young moon over El Hierro Island in the Canary Island. See how they did it here.
06 February 2014, 03:50 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory captured imagery of the brightest object in its twilight sky, Earth and its orbiting Moon. The rover's Mast Camera imaged them on January 31st, 2014, its 529th day on the Red Planet.
05 February 2014, 11:28 AM ET
The Ranger fleet of spacecraft enabled live transmissions of the moon from lunar orbit.
03 February 2014, 01:06 PM ET
Shimizu Corporation is developing plans to install a belt of solar cells around the equator of the Moon to beam energy via safe microwaves and lasers to Earth. A 2035 construction start date would mark 50 years the company has been planning this.
03 February 2014, 06:28 AM ET
Previous modeling work had suggested that Earth's axial tilt would vary wildly over long time spans without the moon's steadying gravitational influence, creating huge climate swings that would make it tough for life to get a foothold.
30 January 2014, 02:06 PM ET
The sunspot cluster (now called Region 1967) that exploded with m and x class flares at the beginning of January 2014 has returned with m-class crackle. The Moon orbits between Solar Dynamics Observatory and the Sun as well.
24 January 2014, 01:00 PM ET
See amazing amateur astronomy photos and night sky views sent in to SPACE.com by readers in January 2014 in our month-long running gallery.
22 January 2014, 12:11 PM ET
To see the quick movement of the moon, observers need a set of bright markers across the sky, exactly the kind of signposts in the night sky this week. Two bright stars and three bright planets mark the moon’s path across the sky.
15 January 2014, 02:20 PM ET
Supermoon was a term invented by astrologer Richard Nolle many years earlier to refer to the coincidence between two astronomical events: a full moon and lunar perigee, when the moon is at its closest point to Earth.
14 January 2014, 10:08 AM ET
NASA's New Horizon spacecraft left Earth in 2006 and is quickly approaching its fly-by of the icy dwarf planet and its moons. Its closest approach will occur on July 14th, 2015.
02 January 2014, 01:31 PM ET
Step outside this evening about 30 minutes after sunset and look low toward the southwest horizon. You’ll be able to see the final evening pairing of the two brightest objects in the night sky for nearly a year.
26 December 2013, 08:00 AM ET
As China's Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover mission to the moon unfolds, the country's space authorities are pushing forward on their next stage of lunar progress — gathering select samples of the moon and rocketing them back to Earth.
26 December 2013, 07:41 AM ET
See amazing solar eclipse and night sky photos taken by SPACE.com readers in December 2013 in this amateur astronomer image gallery.
24 December 2013, 04:09 PM ET
The International Space Station can be seen cruising in front of a crescent moon in this stunning night sky photo recently sent to SPACE.com.
23 December 2013, 06:25 PM ET
Rhea's icy surface bears the scars of innumerable impacts over the eons.
23 December 2013, 05:08 PM ET
This message from NASA administrator Charles Bolden was sent to the moon and back with only a few seconds of delay. The Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration mission aboard NASA's LADEE spacecraft successfully received and retransmitted the video.
23 December 2013, 07:17 AM ET
As 2013 draws to a close, it's time to look forward to the stargazing highlights of the coming year. Here are 11 of the most noteworthy sky events that will take place in 2014. SPACE.com will provide more coverage of these events as they draw closer.
17 December 2013, 05:20 PM ET
A 1.3 foot wide space rock, traveling at 56,000 MPH, collided with the lunar surface on March 17th, 2013, and the explosion could be seen with the naked eye on Earth. NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped imagery of the impact area.