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Our moon in 4K: YouTube has a new best high-res video

Our moon in 4K: YouTube has a new best high-res video

This afternoon the folks at NASA revealed a radical new video touring the moon in 4K resolution. This video was made using images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). It's a very, very large video, and you're gonna want to watch it on the most massively pixel-dense device you've got on-hand.

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One lit Moon donut: A new creation model for our closest space neighbor

One lit Moon donut: A new creation model for our closest space neighbor

Researchers report they have a new theory for how our moon formed in the aftermath of our Earth's most major collision. The moon and the Earth - or what started as two planetary bodies - likely collided and formed a donut-shaped type of planetary object called a "synestia." "We looked at the statistics of giant impacts, and we found that they can form a completely new structure," said researcher Sarah Stewart. In May of 2017, the first report of synestia came from some of the same researchers working on the report we're exploring today: Sarah Stewart and Simon Lock.

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Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse: Here’s how to see it right now!

Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse: Here’s how to see it right now!

How do I see the Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse today? That's the question the entirety of the United States seems to be asking right this minute. By the time this article is released, it might already be in the sky for you! Have a peek at the timeline below to see when and where this extremely rare occurrence is set to take place.

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Google Lunar XPRIZE deadline missed (for real this time)

Google Lunar XPRIZE deadline missed (for real this time)

A statement was released this week by the XPRIZE Foundation: No team will win the Google-financed purse. The original Google Lunar XPRIZE was first announced back in 2007, and 29 teams registered from the start. Here in early 2017, the number of teams still in the running numbered 5, but none of those finalists were prepared for a launch attempt to reach the Moon by the latest deadline.

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Super Blue Blood Moon incoming: Watch it when and where

Super Blue Blood Moon incoming: Watch it when and where

Next week our solar system will deliver unto us a Super Blue Blood Moon. As such, we've got to get you prepared to view it. "For the (continental) U.S., the viewing will be best in the West," said program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington, Gordon Johnston. The event will begin at 5:30 Eastern Time on January 31st, and if that's a deterrent for you, turn back now! Turn away from this the glorious happening!

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Trump wants Americans on the moon again, Mars afterwards

Trump wants Americans on the moon again, Mars afterwards

The past few years have been kind to space science in general and especially to NASA. Advancements in technology, monumental achievements, and historic phenomena has made being an astronaut and even a space scientist or engineer cool again. When Trump took the helm of the world’s largest superpower, there were worries that the outspoken president would de-emphasize the country’s space program. With a little indirect help from a rival, however, Trump signed a directive that would put Americans back on the moon and, in the future, on Mars as well.

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Elon Musk’s multiplanetary vision includes our own Blue planet

Elon Musk’s multiplanetary vision includes our own Blue planet

Elon Musk just held a press conference revolving around his "multiplanetary species" campaign and, while a large part of his presentation recapped SpaceX's adventures and misadventures, the ambitious luminary didn't fail to impart some extraordinary plans as well. By now, it is no secret that he plans to set up camp on Mars and even on the moon. But it seems that Musk's dream of making life multiplantery will also come back full circle to make life here on Earth just as spectacular.

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Three Occultations, all today (with and without the magic)

Three Occultations, all today (with and without the magic)

This week we're set to witness one real celestial event while another is said to be beginning to "end the world as we know it." Of course one of these events is real, while the other is complete nonsense. The first event begins today, and it has to do with the position of our Moon and three other planets within our Solar System. This event is a triple-occultation.

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Japan announces plans to put its own astronaut on the moon

Japan announces plans to put its own astronaut on the moon

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA — the country's equivalent of NASA) announced earlier this week that it was developing plans to put a man on the moon by the year 2030. While the proposal is yet to be approved by the nation's government, if successful it will be the first time a Japanese astronaut is sent on a mission beyond the International Space Station.

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Google Lunar XPRIZE diversity prize split among 16 teams, 5 going to the moon

Google Lunar XPRIZE diversity prize split among 16 teams, 5 going to the moon

While NASA has its eyes set on Mars and beyond, Google still has its crosshairs on the moon. Despite its relatively proximity, a lunar mission is still something only large and well-funded governments are able to pull off. Well, not anymore. Through Google’s Lunar XPRIZE campaign, it is showing that even private groups, with the right contracts, can go to and land on the moon. Now it is formally announcing five such groups who will be, or should, by the end of the year launch their mission, for science and profit!

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Moon is pummeled with impacts much more often than predicted

Moon is pummeled with impacts much more often than predicted

All you have to do is look out your window at night and you can see the evidence in the night sky that the moon has been pummeled by asteroids and other impacts throughout its life. Since there is no wind on the surface of the moon, there is no erosion and the craters simply stay for eternity. While we can clearly see that the Moon has been struck with objects that form craters, scientists believed that this was not a very common occurrence. It now seems that the scientists were wrong.

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New findings show constantly collapsing atmosphere on Jupiter’s moon Io

New findings show constantly collapsing atmosphere on Jupiter’s moon Io

We'd expect most new discoveries about Jupiter to be coming from the Juno spacecraft, which entered orbit around the planet early last month, but today we're hearing about a fascinating new find that Juno had nothing to do with. Scientists at the Southwest Research Institute have discovered that the atmosphere around Jupiter's moon Io is in a constant state of flux, collapsing and rebuilding once every day.

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