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Electric Lights Are Too Expensive -- Why Not Brighten The Moon?

Think of all the power it takes to light up empty carparks at night. Think of how annoying it can be when the sun goes down, yet you didn’t finish all your work for the day. Think of how great it would be if we could just extend daytime, reduce the cost of lighting up all those empty streets and garages, and keep our cities as excessively illuminated as they already are today. We should just brighten the moon.


Scientists Reveal New Moon Forming On The Edge Of Saturn's Rings

For the first time in history, scientists are witnessing the formation of a new moon in our solar system. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected a new moon forming in the edge of Saturn’s rings. Astronomers around the world are amazed about this incredible find, which they have named Peggy.*


This Is How The Moon Would Look In The Sky If It Were A Disco Ball

Vsauce’s Michael Stevens answers a great question with the help of Yeti Dynamics: What if the moon was a disco ball? The answer is sad: The mirrors’ specular surface would make the moon almost invisible. However, things really get groovy if you put the disco moon at the same distance as the International Space Station.


NASA Has One More Chance To Explain Bizarre Glow On Moon's Horizon

Later this month, a NASA spacecraft will get one last chance to solve the mystery of the strange “horizon glow” seen on the moon. Scientists think the glow is caused by tiny particles of moon dust catching the sun’s ultraviolet rays, becoming electrically charged, and then shooting upwards. But they don’t know for sure.


Explore The Moon's North Pole With This Gargantuan Photo Mosaic

Over the past four years the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was busy collecting photographs… 10,581 to be exact. And it was all for you! So you could explore the moon at a dazzling resolution of six feet per pixel.


Space Exploration As Architecture

Architecture and design magazine Uncube has a new issue out today and it’s all about outer space. Naturally, there’s plenty of retro-futurism.


The Size Of Our Solar System, If The Moon Was A Single Pixel

Once you start getting cosmic, it’s hard to grasp the real scale of relatively-close celestial bodies, such as the Sun and Jupiter, let alone the entire universe. That’s when it’s best to simplify concepts, framing them in ways that are easier to comprehend. Josh Worth has done exactly that, by assuming the Moon is one pixel in size and scaling the solar system from that.


NASA Will Send A Robot To Hunt For Alien Life On Jupiter's Moon Europa

This is amazing news: NASA is sending a mission to Europa! If everything goes well, a robotic submarine may be landing on Jupiter’s moon — the world that scientists believe is the most likely to contain life in the solar system — by 2030, a real space odyssey. This has the potential to change the world.


Australian Captures Extraordinary Video Of Saturn Setting On The Moon

Colin Legg caught an amazing thing on camera a couple of days ago. In the cobalt-coloured sky above Australia, this amateur astrophotographer managed to capture the exact moment that the moon passed in front of Saturn. Did you know you could see those rings from so far away?


Why The Same Side Of The Moon Always Faces The Earth

One moon “day” is approximately 29.5 Earth days. This rotation coincides with its orbit around the Earth so that we only see about 59 per cent of the surface of the moon from Earth. When the moon first formed, its rotational speed and orbit were very different than they are now. Over time, the Earth’s gravitational field gradually slowed the moon’s rotation until the orbital period and the rotational speed stabilised, making one side of the moon always face the Earth.