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In the beginning was Theia

The Giant Impact Hypothesis is the most widely accepted theory for the creation of the Moon; the authors here investigate possible configurations of the early Solar System to produce the right conditions for impact between Earth and the doomed proto-planet Theia.

Today’s Partial Solar Eclipse

North Americans will enjoy a partial solar eclipse this afternoon. Read more to find out the best ways to view the eclipse!

Our Moon, the Cosmic Ray Detector

The moon provides an easy way to detect rare ultra-high-energy cosmic rays.

A Lunar Mystery Solved, with the Earth as the Culprit

Heat from the proto-Earth may have caused the difference in the Moon’s far- and near-side crust thicknesses.

Crowd-Sourcing Crater Identification

How good are citizen-scientists at characterizing crater densities and size distributions on the lunar surface? For that matter how good are the experts? Today’s study attempts to answer these questions by having a group of experts analyze images of the Moon from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera.

Is the Moon polluting your gamma-ray data?

I’m going to go ahead and give away the punchline: the answer to this post’s title is, “If your source is within 8 degrees of the Moon, quite probably.” — at least according to this paper’s authors. Read on to find out why!

Water on the Moon: A Historical Perspective

A brief history of scientists’ views on water and the Moon.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin takes a core sample of the Moon. Image copyright NASA.

Dispelling the Myth of Robotic Efficiency: Why Astronomers Should Support Human Exploration of the Solar System

Are robotic missions really more efficient than human space exploration? Ian Crawford explains why planetary astronomers should support human space exploration.

If Santa goes Down Under

The moon is usually pictured in illustrations of Christmastime which show evening or night scenes. But, as Peter Barthel reveals in his study, illustrations of the partially lit moon are often astronomically incorrect, unless the scenes take place Down Under.