By: Retha Boswell
Have you ever stopped to wonder where Earth's moon came from? The Big Splat Theory has been the most common and widely held explanation of the Moon's origins. It proposes that our planet's satellite was the result of an ancient planetary collision. New studies have...
By: Hannah Bauman
The terms “binary planet” and “double planet” are informal terms used to describe a binary system of two astronomical objects that fit the definition of a planet and are close enough to each other that their gravitational fields affect each other. There is...
By: Retha Boswell
The term super moon (or supermoon) was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle about thirty years ago, but it did not begin being used in astronomy until very recently. At its root it is a astrological term, not an astronomical one. The 2013 Farmers' Almanac adopted...
The Big Splat theory of how the moon was formed
By: Ramona Taylor
When you look into the night sky, you see the moon- large and brilliantly bright. Have you ever wondered how it came to rest in the sky? Scientists have a number of theories about the origin of the Earth’s lone satellite. One such controversial...
Why does the moon have phases?
By: Ramona Taylor
On a clear night, a person could look into the sky and see the moon. It is the Earth’s closest heavenly neighbor and has become a central part of our folklore, scientific research and literature. And, long before men walked on the moon, the...
What is a super moon?
By: Ramona Taylor
Each year, people around the world look to the night sky for a special event- the “super moon.” For skywatchers and science enthusiasts alike, the chance to witness the phenomenon causes great excitement. But, what actually is a super moon? Some think it&rsquo...
What is a super moon?
By: Ruth Belena
When a full moon appears to be of greater size than usual, it is beautifully bright and clear and details of the moon’s surface can be detected by the naked eye. This is what is known as a super moon. According to Andrew Fazekas...
By: Retha Boswell
The phases of the moon are the result of its orbit around the Earth and the angle at which we view it. A common misconception is that the Earth's shadow causes the phases by creating the dark portion of the moon. Earth's shadow only comes...
By: Shannon Farlouis
The International Astronomical Union delivers useful and helpful information about the local solar system. There is a difference between a dwarf planet and a planet. Planets make clear paths around the sun, while dwarf planets only orbit in zones around the sun, and other objects...
The Big Splat theory of how the moon was formed
By: Juan Leer
Space can inspire the imagination like nothing else. If you have ever looked up into the night sky and seen a full moon, it seems like space goes on forever. On Earth, the most distinctive feature in the night sky is the moon. But how...

 

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