Earth's very clingy friend, the Moon, has long been an object of human fascination. It makes sense, considering we're just a hop, skip and a 384,400km jump from our celestial pal.
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The general scientific consensus is as follows: early Earth collided with something roughly the size of Mars, chipping off a bit of our planet which would become our Moon. But there's new research to suggest the Moon was formed by a whole bunch of tiny collisions instead, over millions of years, with the fragments eventually forming the Moon we see today.
The researchers say this would explain why the Moon appears to be composed largely of Earth-like material, rather than a mix of Earth and another planet.
Today, Donald Trump wrapped up a meeting with Rice University professor and historian Douglas Brinkley. According to members of the press pool following the president-elect, the crux of their conversation revolved around "a man going to the moon". Naturally we must ask ourselves: Does Trump know the US has done that no less than a dozen times?
Going to the Moon is officially hip again, thanks in no small part to Google, which is offering $US20 million to the first private company that can land on our nearest neighbour, roll around a bit, and beam images back to Earth. The latest contender for that sweet sweet X-Prize money is Japan, which has just obtained a launch vehicle for the shiny metal cheese grater rover it plans to send to the Moon late next year.
Last night, photographers around the world turned their cameras to the sky to capture the closest full moon — also known as a supermoon — since 1948. We've scoured the web to bring you some of our favourite photos of the celestial event that took our minds off the current state of world affairs for a few blissful minutes.
Entire lifetimes have come and gone without the moon looking quite as large as it will this month. On November 14, skygazers will witness the closest full moon, or "supermoon", of 2016. But more excitingly, it will be the closest full moon since 1948 - and we won't get another one like it until 2034.
Bad news, would-be lunar colonists: That dusty, airless space rock you dream of escaping to is apparently swarming with deadly projectiles. According to a new study, Earth's nearest neighbour is being bombarded by small, fast-moving chunks of debris, at a rate 100 times faster than impact models previously estimated.
Mute is the title of a movie director Duncan Jones has been talking about for some time. Since 2009, to be exact. Well, it turns out he's finally going to start shooting the film next week — and in announcing so, he revealed a curious nugget.
Video: If you want to go to the Moon, you can either hitch your ride with NASA and SpaceX or you can get yourself a camera with an incredible zoom like the Nikon P900 which comes with a 24-2000mm lens that can rip off an 83x optical zoom. All you gotta do is point the camera to the sky, lock in on the Moon, and basically have it bring you there, no spaceship required.
Four billion years ago, an endless barrage of space rock pummelled the surface of the Earth and the Moon, in a period known as the Late Heavy Bombardment. Now, astronomers have performed a detailed analysis of one of the most famous craters from that time, and what they have learned could rewrite the most violent chapter in Earth's history.
The team behind a new Kickstarter campaign isn't the first bunch astronomy enthusiasts to create a detailed globe based on our nearest lunar neighbour. But using topographical data gathered by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, this Moon globe is the first to accurately recreate all of its craters, mountains and valleys in 3D.