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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

Night Sky Sights

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

Solar System

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.

Moon

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! 

Armstrong, Aldrin & Collins

Celestial News & Events

Celebrate Apollo 11 with a Visit to Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins Craters

Find the craters named for the three astronauts who flew the first manned mission to land on the Moon.

The Moon

adrien auzout

Before Apollo: The Scientists Who Discovered the Moon

Eleven scientists defined lunar science in the 360 years after the invention of the telescope and before humans arrived on the Moon.

Two planets colliding

Solar System

Could a Long-Ago Collision Explain Our Two-Faced Moon?

New research shows that a planetoid impact could have made our Moon asymmetric.

Craters on the Moon, by age

Solar System

Asteroid Impacts Increased 290 Million Years Ago, Lunar Craters Reveal

Researchers have estimated the ages of craters on the lunar surface, finding that the rate of large impacts nearly tripled 290 million years ago — an increase that might be ongoing.

Eclipses

A Space Rock Strikes Moon During the Total Lunar Eclipse

The Moon got bonked by a space rock during Sunday's total lunar eclipse. Take a look!

Explore the Night with Bob King

Your Guide to January's Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse

The first full Moon of 2019 meets Earth's shadow in a widely visible total eclipse on the evening of January 20–21. Here's a guide on what to expect.

Extra helping

Moon

Gobble Up a Rare Thanksgiving Full Moon

This week, we give thanks for all the good things in life including a rare event — a full Moon on Thanksgiving. Make it your dessert after the big meal.

Explore the Night with Bob King

Observing Earth from the Moon

Ever wondered what it would be like to see the Earth from the Moon? Join Bob King as he explores this from the perspective of the Apollo 17 astronauts.

Explore the Night with Bob King

The Outer Planets Move In, plus an "Old Moon" Observing Challenge

As the bright planets march westward, Uranus and Neptune become the fresh new faces of fall. And if you've never seen an ultra-thin lunar crescent, here's your chance.

Explore the Night with Bob King

Here Comes the Harvest Moon!

This month's Harvest Moon will be up early to light the night as well as act as a beacon for watching the annual fall bird migration through a small telescope.

Lunar eclipse

Explore the Night with Bob King

Red Moon Meets Red Planet in Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of the Century

Not only will the Moon will be totally eclipsed this Friday, but Mars will be at opposition and shine in tandem with the red Moon all night!

Earthrise

Solar System

Apollo Astronauts Warmed the Moon

A new study sheds light on an old mystery surrounding anomalous readings from the Apollo landing sites.

Explore the Night with Bob King

Seven Nights of Enticing Lunar Sights

Come along for a 7-night tour of some of the Moon's most compelling features visible in small telescopes.

Tycho Crater, Image by Frank Barrett

Explore the Night with Bob King

Full Moon Is Tycho Time

With this week's full Moon, the dazzling crater Tycho will be in full regalia. Time to catch some rays!

Burnt orange beauty

Explore the Night with Bob King

Make the Most of January's Total Lunar Eclipse

An unusual dawn total lunar eclipse presents special challenges and great photo opportunities. Here's what you need to know to make the most of it.

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