November 24, 2017

Astronomy Video of the Week: To Nuke the Moon

Thor launches from the Cape.

Image credit: British Pathé

There are lots of strange proposals from the early Space Age that —thankfully— never came to pass. We recently came across one of those stranger proposals in an old newsreel courtesy of British Pathé. An amazing resource, British Pathé hosts thousands of old newsreels from the mid-to early 20th century featuring a treasure trove of grand old vids with rocket launches, solar eclipse expeditions, and much more. [Read more...]

Astro-Vid Of the Week: The Launch of Luna 2

The Luna 2 Impactor. (Credit: NASA).

The late 1950s was a heady time of firsts in space for the Soviet Union. 54 years ago today on September 12th 1959, Mother Russia achieved another first with the launch of Luna 2. The 860 lb satellite lifted off at 06:39:42 Universal Time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome to impact the Moon east of the Mare Imbrium near the crater Archimedes just over 36 hours later. [Read more...]

AstroEvent: Exploring the Lunar Apennines & Ina Caldera.

Ina Caldera as seen from LRO. (Credit: NASA).

Whew! With yet another “Super-Moon” weekend has come and gone, and lunar exploration can now be safely left up to those who know and love the Moon. This week, as said Full Moon gives way to waning gibbous, I’d like to draw your attention to a famous mountain range on the edge of the Mare of Imbrium. The Lunar Apennines or Montes Appenninus lie at the edge of a volcanic scarp and feature some of the largest peaks on the Moon rising as high a 5 kilometers above the surrounding terrain (there’s no sea-level on the Moon). [Read more...]