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Spacecraft and Space Missions

Korea's Lunar Orbiter Heads for the Moon

South Korea's lunar orbiter has launched successfully for the Moon, joining a growing number of missions there.

Earthshine painting

Moon

Solving an Earthshine Mystery

Something we take for granted about the crescent Moon's appearance may be nothing more than an optical illusion.

Impact Crater

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Found: Booster Impact Crater on the Farside of the Moon

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission has found the impact site created March 4th. The crater might help reveal the impactor's identity.

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Mission Update: Mars and the Moon

Mission teams presenting at this week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference provided updates on the Perseverance and Zhurong rovers at Mars, Chang'e 5's lunar sample return, and more.

Apollo 17 sample

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

How Apollo 17 Is Preparing Artemis for a Return to the Moon

Researchers gear up for Artemis and a new generation of lunar exploration, with a look at samples from the final crewed mission to the Moon.

Mare Orientale gravity map

Moon

Set Your Sights on This Lunar Bull’s-Eye

Go ahead, live on the edge: Grab your chance this month to see Mare Orientale, one of the most spectacular lunar seas most people have never seen.

May 2021 lunar eclipse

Eclipses

A Near-Miss Total Lunar Eclipse

A near-total lunar eclipse will be widely visible across North America on the night of November 18–19. Dress warmly and go for it!

International Observe the Moon Night 2021

People, Places, and Events

International Observe the Moon Night 2021

Join fellow lunar enthusiasts all over the world in celebrating the Moon this weekend.

Theia's hit-and-run collision, in color

Solar System

Two Impacts, Not Just One, May Have Formed The Moon

The Moon may have formed in a one-two punch, new simulations suggest.

Blue Moon

“True” Blue Moon Occurs Sunday, August 22nd

If skies are clear this weekend, we’ll see the full Moon. And not just any old full Moon, but the Blue Moon — the “true” Blue Moon.

Celestial Objects to Observe

It’s the Blue Moon . . . the “True” Blue Moon!

If skies are clear this weekend, you'll see the full Moon. And not just any old full Moon, but the Blue Moon . . . the "true" Blue Moon!

full Moon

Moon

7 Easy Things to See on the “Supermoon”

Seven easy and rewarding targets to explore when the Moon is full.

Water on the Moon

Solar System

Water on the Moon Isn't Just at the Poles

Water exists even on the sunlit Moon, a new study shows — trapped in glass beads but still extractable for lunar exploration.

Magma ocean and crust

Solar System

Moon’s Magnetism Might Have Protected Earth

The Moon's magnetic field, now long gone, might once have shielded Earth from the young Sun's radiation.

Moon over Sequoia National Park

Celestial News & Events

International Observe the Moon Night Is Here

International Observe the Moon Night is here. Step outside Saturday evening and admire our closest celestial neighbor with your family.

USGS Geologic Map of the Moon

Solar System

New, Incredibly Detailed Geologic Map of the Moon

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released a new 1:5,000,000 map of the Moon that provides a wealth of information about its surface.

Gibbous Moon

Celestial Objects to Observe

Diving Into the Moon's Bay of Rainbows

This curious lunar feature — visible the nights of March 4th and April 2nd — is a delight in small scopes or even binoculars.

Yutu 2's view

Spacecraft and Space Missions

What Lies Beneath the Moon's Farside?

The Chang’e 4 mission made the first-ever landing on the farside of the Moon last year — now it’s providing a look at what lies below its surface.

Celestial News & Events

Crack Your Crescent Moon Record

Calling all crescent lovers! Here's a chance to set a new personal record by seeing one of the oldest moons ever.

Explore the Night with Bob King

Perseid Prospects, Mornings with Mercury and the Lunar X

With the Perseid shower, a great morning apparition of Mercury, and a chance to see craters scratch out an X on the moon, skywatchers have a busy week ahead! 

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