Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter - Clair de Lune

This video of lunar imagery taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter attempts to capture the mood of Claude Debussy's best-known composition, Clair de Lune (Moonlight in French).

The music was originally published in 1905 as the third of four movements in the composer's Suite Bergamasque. Clair is quiet, contemplative, and slightly melancholy, evoking the feeling of a solitary walk through …

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July 27 2018 Total Lunar Eclipse

July 27, 2018 sees the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century.

While this eclipse will be completely visible in Eastern Africa and Central Asia, viewers in Western Africa, Eastern Asia, South America, Europe, and Australia will only catch a partial glimpse.

The times in the image above (taken from my LunarPhase Pro software) are in UT (Universal Time …

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"First Man" Movie Trailer

Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle and actor Ryan Gosling have teamed up again for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969.

A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the …

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Omega Speedmaster Mark II Gold Plated

The watch is NASA certified and it has been worn by astronauts both in space and on the Moon. But while that's fairly common knowledge, what's no well-known is that there are 60 models of this watch/chronograph - one for every year of the Speedmaster's existence.

For die-hard fans and collectors, that's a lot to keep up with, not to …

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Full Moon Names

Full Moon Names are different in every culture. Some are tied to the seasons. Some relate to the environment where people lived. While other names just seem very fanciful. The Full Moons throughout the year have been given names by various cultures down through the centuries (and probably millennia).

Since the Moon orbits the Earth roughly every 27 days, which …

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Libration of Longitude of the Moon The effect of Lunar Libration (how the Moon tilts left/right and up/down) and changing phase over the course of a month

We all know that the moon always presents the same face to observers since it takes as long to turn once on its axis as it does to complete one orbit of the Earth.

This is because the Moon …

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