Moon News
January 29, 2020

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Hints of a Volcanically Active Exo-Moon

A rocky extrasolar moon (exomoon) with bubbling lava may orbit a planet 550 light-years away from us. This is suggested by an international team of researchers on the basis of theoretical predictions ... read more

Moon Glows Brighter Than Sun in Images from NASA's Fermi

If our eyes could see gamma rays, the Moon would appear brighter than the Sun! That's how NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has seen our neighbor in space for the past ... read more

Modeling Early Meteorite Impacts on the Moon

A detailed reconstruction of meteorite impacts resolves a longstanding problem and gives new insight into how the moon ... read more

Sun's History Found Buried in Moon's Crust

The Sun's rotation rate in its first billion years is unknown. Yet, this spin rate affected solar eruptions, influencing the evolution of life. Scientists think they've figured it out by using the ... read more
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Ice on Lunar South Pole May Have More Than One Source

New research sheds light on the ages of ice deposits reported in the area of the Moon's south pole -- information that could help identify the sources of the deposits and help in planning future ... read more

The Space Rock That Hit the Moon at 61,000 Kilometers an Hour

Observers watching January's total eclipse of the Moon saw a rare event, a short-lived flash as a meteorite hit the lunar surface. Astronomers now think the space rock collided with the moon at ... read more

Magma Is the Key to the Moon's Makeup

For more than a century, scientists have squabbled over how Earth's moon formed. Now researchers say they may have the ... read more

NASA's InSight Detects First Likely 'Quake' on Mars

NASA's Mars InSight lander has measured and recorded for the first time ever a likely 'marsquake'. This is the first recorded trembling that appears to have come from inside the ... read more

Meteoroid Strikes Eject Precious Water from Moon

Streams of meteoroids striking the Moon infuse the thin lunar atmosphere with a short-lived water vapor, according to researchers using data from NASA's LADEE spacecraft. The findings will help ... read more

Calculating Temperature Inside Moon to Help Reveal Its Inner Structure

Little is known about the inner structure of the Moon, but a major step forward was made by a scientist who conducted experiments that enabled her to determine the temperature at the boundary of the ... read more

LAMP Instrument Sheds Light on Lunar Water Movement

Using the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), scientists have observed water molecules moving around the dayside of the Moon. A paper describes ... read more

Ingredients for Water Could Be Made on Surface of Moon, a Chemical Factory

When a stream of charged particles known as the solar wind careens onto the moon's surface at 450 kilometers per second (or nearly 1 million miles per hour), they enrich the moon's surface ... read more

Chang'e 4 Rover Comes Into View

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter got a closer look at Chang'e 4 on the lunar far side. This time the small Yutu-2 rover shows up (two pixels) just north of the lander. Also, shadows cast by the ... read more

Where Is Earth's Submoon?

Juna Kollmeier and Sean Raymond kicked off an internet firestorm late last year when they posted a draft of their article about submoons on a preprint server. The online conversation obsessed over ... read more

Scientists Find Increase in Asteroid Impacts on Ancient Earth by Studying the Moon

A team of scientists has determined the number of asteroid impacts on the Moon and Earth increased by two to three times starting around 290 million years ago. Previous theories held that there were ... read more

Getting a Glimpse Inside the Moon

New research provides the first-ever model of our Moon's rotational dynamics, taking into consideration its solid inner core. Their model helps to explain why, as seen from Earth, the Moon ... read more

Earth's Dust Cloud Satellites Confirmed

Astronomers and physicists may have confirmed two elusive clouds of dust, in semi-stable points just 400,000 kilometers from Earth. The clouds, first reported by and named for Polish astronomer ... read more

Lunar Craters Named in Honor of Apollo 8

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union has today officially approved the naming of two craters on the Moon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ... read more

Mysterious 'Lunar Swirls' Point to Moon's Volcanic, Magnetic Past

The mystery behind lunar swirls, one of the solar system's most beautiful optical anomalies, may finally be solved. The solution hints at the dynamism of the moon's ancient past as a place ... read more

Ice Confirmed at the Moon's Poles

Using data from NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument, scientists have identified three specific signatures that definitively prove there is water ice at the surface of the ... read more

Long Suspected Theory About the Moon Holds Water

Scientists have discovered a mineral known as moganite in a lunar meteorite found in a hot desert in northwest ... read more

Mercury's Thin, Dense Crust

A planetary scientist has used careful mathematical calculations to determine the density of Mercury's crust, which is thinner than anyone ... read more

Magma Ocean May Be Responsible for the Moon's Early Magnetic Field

Around four billion years ago, the moon had a magnetic field that was about as strong as Earth's magnetic field is today. How the moon, with a much smaller core than Earth's, could have had ... read more

Water Appeared While Earth Was Still Growing

Cosmo-chemists have performed the largest study to date of oxygen isotopes in lunar rocks, and found a small but measurable difference in the makeup of the moon and Earth. The research proposes that ... read more

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