Moon watch

A view from the other side of the Moon

A number of people who've seen NASA's annual lunar phase and libration videos have asked what the other side of the Moon looks like, the side that can't be seen from the Earth. This video answers that question.The imagery was created using Lunar Reconnaissan

February 04, 2015

Moon's phase and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2015

These visualizations show the Moon's phase and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2015, as viewed from both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.Each frame represents one hour. In addition, the visualizations show the Moon's orbit position, sub-Earth and s

January 11, 2015

LRO finds young volcanic deposits on the Moon

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) found scores of young volcanic deposits estimated to be less than 100 million years old and provided researchers with strong evidence the Moon's volcanic activity slowed gradually instead of stopping abruptly a billion

October 14, 2014

Total lunar eclipse on Wednesday, October 8, 2014

he second total lunar lunar eclipse of 2014 and 2015 lunar-eclipse tetrad will occur on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, and will be visible from the Pacific Ocean and regions immediately bordering it. As the Moon passes completely through the Earth's dark shadow, or

October 06, 2014

A summer of supermoons - July, August and September

The summer of 2014 will be bathed in moonlight as three perigee "supermoons" occur in consecutive months: July, August, September. The first supermoon is on July 12 at 08:28 UTC, the second on August 10 at 17:44 UTC and the third on September 9 at 03:30 UTC.Th

July 09, 2014

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's view of Tycho Central Peak

Today, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) celebrates its fifth anniversary in space. LRO launched from Florida on June 18, 2009 and after a four-day journey, it successfully entered lunar orbit on June 23. In the succeeding five years, LRO has continued to shap

June 18, 2014

Understanding lunar eclipses

It's not often that we get a chance to see our planet's shadow, but a lunar eclipse gives us a fleeting glimpse. During these rare events, the full Moon rapidly darkens and then glows red. Though a lunar eclipse can be seen only at night, it's worth staying

April 08, 2014

First interactive mosaic of lunar north pole released

Scientists, using cameras aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have created the largest high resolution mosaic of our moon’s north polar region. The six-and-a-half feet (two-meters)-per-pixel images cover an area equal to more than one-quarter of

March 18, 2014

Rotating moon video by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter team at Arizona State University assembled rotating moon video made from reflectance maps and digital terrain models created from data gathered by LRO’s wide-angle camera. This full 360-degree portrait of the Moon shows its surface as

October 17, 2013

Moon rotation video by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

This unique view of the moon has been created by using Wide Angle Camera (WAC) aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). LRO is a robotic mission that set out to map the Moon's surface and, after a year of exploration, was extended with a unique set of

September 19, 2013

Watch out for the Harvest Moon

According to folklore, every full Moon has a special name. There's the Wolf Moon, the Snow Moon, the Worm Moon, the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Flower Moon, the Strawberry Moon, the Thunder Moon, the Sturgeon Moon, the Harvest Moon, the

September 17, 2013

LADEE space mission launched on its way toward the Moon

NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) was successfully launched on September 6, 2013 and has separated from its ride into space, powered up and is communicating with ground controllers. It is now on its way to arrive at the Moon in 30

September 07, 2013

Scientists detect water on Moon's surface originating deep within its interior

Examining lunar crater Bullialdus scientists have detected water on the Moon's surface that originates from deep within the Moon's interior - magmatic water.  The discovery represents an exciting contribution to the rapidly changing understanding

August 28, 2013

New supermoon, third of this year, falls on July 22, 2013

It has not been long since the spectacular supermoon on June 23, 2013. At that time the moon was at it`s closest to Earth for the year, appeared as the largest full moon for 2013, and it was also about 30 percent brighter than an average full moon. But for everyone

July 15, 2013

LRO's fourth anniversary - Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Four years ago, NASA made a long promised return visit to a place so legendary in the history of space exploration that it felt like a reunion with a long lost relative. With the liftoff of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), NASA made a bold statement about its

June 21, 2013

The most spectacular supermoon of the year - June 23, 2013

On June 23, 2013 we will experience a truly super supermoon. The full moon that falls on June 23, 2013 at 11:32 UTC, will not only be the closest to Earth for the year, but it will also appear the biggest full moon for 2013. It will also be about 30 percent brighter

June 18, 2013

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter finds strong indications of frozen water on the Moon

Since the 1960's, scientists have taught that maybe frozen water might exist preserved in cold, dark craters at the Moon's poles. Althought earlier lunar missions have detected hints of water on the Moon, new data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)

June 06, 2013

Moon craters may preserve alien debris

According to a new study, a quarter of the moon's impact craters retain strange minerals that may be the shattered remains of the space rocks that made the craters and not exhumed bits of the moon's interior, as had been previously thought. The strange

May 29, 2013

Supermoon falls on May 24-25, 2013

The full moon of May, 2013 is the third full moon after the March equinox. The moon is only one day away from lunar perigee, when it reaches closest point to Earth. The May 24/25 moon stays almost opposite the sun during the whole night, so it will rise

May 24, 2013

Penumbral lunar eclipse on May 25, 2013

The second lunar eclipse of 2013 occurs at the Moon's ascending node in Scorpius about 7° northwest of Antares (mv = +1.07). With a penumbral eclipse magnitude  of 0.0158, just 0.5 arc-minutes of the Moon's southern limb will pass into Earth's pale

May 20, 2013

Earth and Moon pelted by meteors - Impact causes bright explosion on the Moon

A meteor with estimated weight of 40 kg, approximately 0.3 - 0.4 meters wide, and traveling at speed of 90 123 km/h hit the lunar surface in Mare Imbrium on March 17, 2013. The resulting explosion packed as much punch as 5 tons of TNT. "It exploded in

May 17, 2013

"Full Moon Silhouettes" - Moon rising over the Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand

Full Moon Silhouettes is a real-time video of the moon rising over the Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand. People had gathered up there this night to get the best view possible of the moon rising. Photographer Mark Gee captured the video from 2.1km away

February 03, 2013

Tour of the Moon

Although the moon has remained largely unchanged during human history, our understanding of it and how it has evolved over time has evolved dramatically. Thanks to new measurements, we have new and unprecedented views of its surface, along with new insight into how it

January 17, 2013

Moon phases & librations in 2013

This visualization shows the moon's phase and libration throughout the year 2013, at hourly intervals. Each frame represents one hour. In addition, this visualization also shows other relevant information, including moon orbit position, subearth and subsolar points,

January 13, 2013

Parting Moon shots from NASA's GRAIL mission

Three days prior to its planned impact on a lunar mountain, mission controllers activated the camera aboard one of NASA's GRAIL twins to take some final photos from lunar orbit.Find out more here.Featured image: Artist concept of Ebb and Flow, the two GRAIL

January 12, 2013

Earth's Moon Phases, Monthly Lunar Cycles (Infographic)

See how the phases of Earth's moon work, from the full moon to the new moon and everything in between in this infographic. The moon is illuminated by light from the sun, which observers on Earth see reflected off the lunar surface. As the moon moves around

January 02, 2013

The twin GRAIL spacecraft will impact the moon’s surface on December 17, 2012

The two Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecrafts, Ebb and Flow, are running out of fuel after being in lunar orbit since January 2012. They will be commanded to crash into the rim of an unnamed crater near the Moon’s north pole at speed of 1.7

December 16, 2012

NASA's GRAIL mission brings most accurate moon gravity map

Gravity field map of the moon generated by GRAIL probes boosts Giant impact hypothesis, which states that the Moon was formed out of the debris left over from a collision between the Earth and a body the size of Mars, about 4.5 billion years ago. This new map is also

December 11, 2012

Penumbral lunar eclipse on November 28, 2012

On November 28, 2012 the moon will slide through the Earth’s pale outer shadow or penumbra, resulting in a penumbral lunar eclipse. A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between the Sun and Moon but the three celestial bodies do not form a perfectly

November 27, 2012

The Moon's phase and libration during 2013

New visualization from Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio shows the moon's phase and libration throughout the year 2013, at hourly intervals. Each frame represents one hour. In addition, this visualization also shows other relevant information, including moon

November 23, 2012

This November brings total solar eclipse and penumbral lunar eclipse

November brings us two eclipses in the month. Total solar eclipse will occur on November 13 and penumbral lunar eclipse on November 28, 2012. On November 13, residents of northeastern Australia will see the sun fully obscured by the moon, whose shadow will darken the

November 09, 2012

Hypothesis: New evidence on origin of the Moon support cataclysmic collision theory

Most researchers agree that the Moon formed five billion years ago from debris blasted off Earth in a giant impact. Scientists presented some new evidence supporting the theory that Moon was, indeed, born of a cataclysmic collision between worlds 4.5 billions of years

October 22, 2012

“From the Earth to the Moon” (amazing video of lunar surface)

This short video titled “From the Earth to the Moon” provides an inspirational view of the lunar surface. Most of the images and topographical data were obtained in particular by the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) and Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter

September 01, 2012

Watch rare Blue Moon Friday night!

A Blue Moon is the second Full Moon in a calendar month. We had one Full Moon already on August 2 this year and the second will be Friday night, August 31. Full Moons are separated by period of 29 days, so by having 30 or 31 days monthly, sometimes we have two Full

August 31, 2012

Moon, Venus and Jupiter sky show in early morning sky

Venus, Jupiter and the moon will gather together in the early morning sky Sunday (July 15). Set your alarm clock for around 4:30 a.m. local time on Sunday and watch east-northeast sky. The crescent moon, just 13%i lluminated, appears in close proximity to the two

July 15, 2012