Why the Moon Looks Bigger on the Horizon

This is a question that has been debated for several thousand years. One popular myth, dating all the way back to Aristotle in the 4th century BC and which still endures somewhat today, is that it is simply a case of magnification caused by the Earth's atmosphere. While a "magnification" effect is taking place, it… » 6/27/14 5:45am 6/27/14 5:45am

What Happened to the Flags on the Moon?

On July 10, 1969, Apollo 11 touched down on the moon. At 10:56 pm eastern standard time, Neil Armstrong accomplished another first. With the immortal words, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind," (or something like that) Neil Armstrong became the first human to step foot on a major celestial… » 6/23/14 7:00am 6/23/14 7:00am

Wow, check out the giant full moon rising

Some may call it the Honey Moon now but, according to NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day, June's full moon is traditionally called Strawberry Moon in North America because of the harvesting of the strawberries. This incredible photo by astrophotographer Göran Strand shows a full moon pink and gigantic over Sweden. » 6/13/14 1:18am 6/13/14 1:18am

No human has seen tonight's full honey moon in almost 100 years

As the clock ticks over to 12:11am (EDT) tonight, the world will experience the first full honey moon on Friday the 13th in almost 100 years. It will appear golden and huge in the sky, so pay attention because it will not happen again until June 2098. Also, remember to watch out for werewolves too.… » 6/12/14 7:24pm 6/12/14 7:24pm

Norman Foster Explains How 3D Printing Will Transform Architecture

Super-starchitect Lord Norman Foster and his friends at the European Space Agency stunned the world last year with a plan to build a lunar base by 3D-printing it with moon dust. But what happens when you try something like that on Earth? How is 3D printing changing the way we build cities? » 5/16/14 10:00am 5/16/14 10:00am

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

Think of all the power it takes to light up empty parking lots 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… » 4/16/14 5:40pm 4/16/14 5:40pm

Wow, scientists reveal a 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.* » 4/15/14 12:20pm 4/15/14 12:20pm

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… » 4/07/14 4:56pm 4/07/14 4:56pm