NASA Satellite Captures Optical Illusion Where the Moon Appears to Go Backwards

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Earlier this week, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured a strange series of images in which the Moon appears to go rogue, crossing the Sun as usual but then briefly pausing to change direction. No, it’s not a sign of cosmological armageddon, but an optical illusion familiar to astronomers.

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https://gizmodo.com/nasa-satellite-captures-optical-illusion-where-the-moon-1833156185

Apollo Astronauts May Have Brought a Piece of Ancient Earth Back From the Moon

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A re-analysis of lunar materials collected during the Apollo 14 mission has resulted in a rather astonishing conclusion: One of the rocks brought back appears to contain a small chunk of Earth dating back some 4 billion years. Incredibly, it’s now amongst the oldest terrestrial rocks known to exist.

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https://gizmodo.com/apollo-astronauts-may-have-brought-a-piece-of-ancient-e-1832055011

Holy Crap, the Moon Was Struck by a Meteorite During the ‘Super Wolf Blood Moon’ Eclipse

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If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Such is the philosophy of Jose Maria Madiedo, an astronomer at the University of Huelva in Spain, who, for over 10 years, has tried to capture a meteorite hitting the Moon during a lunar eclipse. Yesterday, during the so-called “Super Blood Wolf Blood Moon,” it finally…

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https://gizmodo.com/holy-crap-the-moon-was-struck-by-a-meteorite-during-th-1831950105

50 Years Later, the Iconic Apollo 8 Earthrise Photo Still Gives Us Chills

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On December 24, 1968, Apollo 8 astronauts William Anders, Jim Lovell, and Frank Borman reached lunar orbit, allowing them to become the first humans in history to witness an Earthrise. The images captured that day, showing our planet in context with the lunar landscape, remain among the most enduring photos taken…

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https://gizmodo.com/50-years-later-the-iconic-apollo-8-earthrise-photo-sti-1831298664