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Watching the Total Lunar Eclipse
April 13, 2014 | National Geographic

National Geographic has an article that explains how to watch the total lunar eclipse that will occur overnight on April 14-15.

Possible Exomoon Found
April 13, 2014 | NASA

NASA-funded researchers have spotted the first signs of an “exomoon,” and though they say it’s impossible to confirm its presence, the finding is a tantalizing first step toward locating others. The discovery was made by watching a chance encounter of objects in our galaxy, which can be witnessed only once.

Total Lunar Eclipse: April 15
April 8, 2014 | NASA on YouTube.com

There will be four lunar eclipses between now and September 28, 2015. The first will be a total eclipse on April 15, 2014. It will be visible over much of the United States.

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September 28, 2015

A Red Mars and a Lunar Eclipse
April 1, 2014 | New Zealand Herald

This week Earth will overtake Mars in its orbit and will be at one of its closest positions to the planet. That will make Mars especially large and red in the night sky. Then, after midnight on April 15th a lunar eclipse will occur. (Details on the lunar eclipse in a Washington Post article.)

Crowdsourcing Geological Tasks?
March 20, 2014 | University of Colorado Boulder

“As a group, volunteer counters who examined a particular patch of lunar real estate using NASA images did just as well in identifying individual craters as professional crater counters with five to 50 years of experience.”

Artistic image by NASA
Lunar Impact and Afterglow Visible for 8 Seconds
March 2, 2014 | Nature

The impact of a large object onto the lunar surface in September, 2013 produced a flash and an afterglow that was bright enough to have been seen from Earth with the unaided eye for about eight seconds. The flash was the result of the tremendous impact speed generating enough heat to melt the target and impactor

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Geologic Map of Ganymede
February 20, 2014 |

NASA recently published a geologic map of Ganymede, the largest moon in our solar system.

China Successfully Lands a Moon Rover
December 15, 2013 | CNN

China has landed a spacecraft on the Moon and successfully deployed a six-wheeled lunar rover.

Crustal Thickness Map of the Moon
November 12, 2013 | NASA

“Global map of crustal thickness of the moon derived from gravity data obtained by NASA’s GRAIL spacecraft. The lunar near side is represented on the left hemisphere. The far side is represented in the right hemisphere.”

Magmatic Water on Moon’s Surface
November 6, 2013 | USGS

“Scientists have detected magmatic water — water that originates from deep within the Moon’s interior — on the surface of the Moon.” Quoted from the USGS press release.

Record Data Transmission Rate Between Earth and Moon
October 25, 2013 | NASA

NASA has used a laser to transmit data between the moon and the Earth, a distance of 239,000 miles, at a rate of 622 megabits per second.

Magmatic Water on the Moon?
August 29, 2013 | United States Geological Survey

“Scientists have detected magmatic water — water that originates from deep within the Moon’s interior — on the surface of the Moon.” Quoted from the USGS press release.

A National Park on the Moon?
July 15, 2013 | Accuweather

A new bill introduced into the U.S. Congress would establish the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park on the moon.

Most Popular June 1 to June 30
July 2, 2013 | Geology.com

An Asteroid With a Moon?

Lunar Gravity Mystery Solved?

5000 Cave Paintings Discovered in Mexico

Geology and the Civil War

World’s Largest Landslides

The Most Powerful Eruption of the 20th Century

The Shale Gas Cycle

Topography Below Antarctic Ice

An Asteroid With a Moon?
June 9, 2013 | NASA

1998 QE2 is a binary asteroid. That means an object is orbiting the asteroid – it has a “moon”.

Most Popular May 16 to May 31
June 4, 2013 | Geology.com

When Did Plate Tectonics Begin?

Large Impact on the Moon

Mount St. Helens – 33 Years

Popocatepetl Eruption

History of the Prime Meridian

The Orphan Tsunami of 1700

Lunar Gravity Mystery Solved?
June 2, 2013 | NASA

NASA’s GRAIL mission has solved one of the mysteries of the Moon. “Why is the Moon’s gravity is uneven?… It appears that asteroid impacts have created patches of very high density rock in the subsurface.

Large Impact on the Moon
May 19, 2013 | NASA

“For the past 8 years, NASA astronomers have been monitoring the Moon for signs of explosions caused by meteoroids hitting the lunar surface. [...] They’ve just seen the biggest explosion in the history of the program.”

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