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Lunar eclipse tonight, mid-eclipse at 08:17 Dec 21 UT

Emily Lakdawalla • December 20, 2010

Unless you live under a rock you probably know that there is a total lunar eclipse tonight, one that should be particularly favorable for viewing from North America but which will be at least partially visible to viewers in South America, Europe, and easternmost Asia and Australia too.

Door 18 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 18, 2010

Time to open the eighteenth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this brush-stroked surface?

Door 9 in the 2010 advent calendar

Emily Lakdawalla • December 09, 2010

Time to open the ninth door in the advent calendar. Where in the solar system is this jumble of boulders and fissures?

What's the significance of this unremarkable spot on the Moon?

Emily Lakdawalla • November 29, 2010

This was a fun image released by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera science team. Take a look at it and see if you can figure out what the significance of the red arrow is.

Five amazing engineering camera videos from Chang'E 2

Emily Lakdawalla • November 14, 2010

I couldn't believe these videos when I first saw them: five views from engineering cameras of important events in the Chang'E 2 spacecraft's journey to the Moon.

First pictures from Chang'E 2 released

Yong-Chun Zheng • November 12, 2010

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced the success of Chang'E-2 lunar mission on Monday. Yong-Chun Zheng, an associate professor at the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, presents the mission's first released pictures.

It's International Observe the Moon Night

Emily Lakdawalla • September 18, 2010

Hey everybody, go out and look up at the Moon! It's International Observe the Moon night.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter press briefing: silicic volcanoes on the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • September 16, 2010

I'm listening to a press briefing from several members of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter science team, regarding three papers published today in Science.

Two natural bridges on the Moon (now with 3D!)

Emily Lakdawalla • September 07, 2010

Imagine this landscape: you're walking across an unusually smooth lunar surface, an impact melt sheet on the floor of a relatively recently formed crater.

New Flickr collection of historical NASA photos

Emily Lakdawalla • August 30, 2010

NASA announced today that they had placed several new sets of historical photos on their "NASA on the Commons" Flickr site, and invited the public to help tag and caption the photos.

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