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Thursday December 4th 2014

‘Moon’ Archives

Supermoon

Supermoon

The next full moon will be the largest in about 20years but it can be hard to tell the difference without a point of reference. Try to catch it near the horizon and don't listen to any nonsense about it creating floods or volcano's.

No visible 10km Plume from LCROSS impact

According to NASA TV there was no significant visible plume from the impact of the spacecraft. There is good spectographic data and it does show Sodium a cause for some excitement as it wasn't expected. Regarding the spectorgraphic data, they are being cautiously optimistic despite the lack of a visible plume,  but they point blank refused [...]

LCROSS Impacts!

Moments ago LCROSS impacted into the moon. I watched it live on NASA live streaming...Will take a while to get any details...will keep you posted

Image of the LCROSS Lunar Impact site!

In less than 24 hours the LCROSS will smash into the Cabeus crater  100km from the Lunar south pole. I've already blogged that the idea is to smash into the Lunar surface with one part of the spacecraft, and have the second part fly through the resultant 10km cloud of debris and gather data to see what it found below the surface of the Moon... [...]

Harvest Moon taken from the Irish Nightsky

Harvest Moon taken from the Irish Nightsky

There might be some clouds around, but there was just enough time for me to take this picture of the Harvest Moon. Taken in Dublin from my back garden using  Nikon D50 Camera with a 300mm Lens, 200ISO, 1,000 shutter speed. Hope you like it!

Throwing rocks at the Moon

Throwing rocks at the Moon

If you are going to throw rocks at the Moon, you should try doing it NASA style. There is just over a week to go before the LCROSS (Lunar CRater Observation Sensing Satellite) mission sends the Centaur Upper stage rocket crashing into the Moon, creating a 10km plume near the Moon's southern pole.  If you have a 10" or bigger scope you might [...]

Water Water everywhere….

Water Water everywhere….

It doesn't rain but it pours! Certainly thats what it feels like when within just a short few hours you start to hear about water on the moon (yes the moon!) and now on Mars. Given the fact that water may be more abundant than previously thought it is reasonable to deduce that we can use this information to help us decide possible future [...]