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Moon of the Day: Check Out These SuperMoon Pics — ICYMI

Look! In the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the another Supermoon?

In what feels like a monthly occurrence at this point, people tilted their head backs to get better look at the night sky and snap a photo of the supermoon. Bigger than the regular moon, a supermoon happens when a full moon occurs while the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit, and people love getting a shot of that sucker.

It’s hard to blame them. As cynical as we want to be about the supermoon because it feels like we have one every five minutes, it does make for a pretty cool picture. Twitter’s got a bunch of them, as supermoon fever hit the internet while you were sleeping.

Hey, don’t feel bad if you missed it, there’s always five minutes from now or simply check out some pictures of the supermoon in all its glory.

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theia science moon Scientists Say the Moon Was Formed in a Head-On Collision Between Earth and a Forming Planet Called Theia
Via: UCLA Newsroom
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An earlier theory used to be that the moon hit the Earth on the side (as in the video below) but this stunning image is a reconstruction by scientists who say that it was a head-on collision that caused the impact. 

Edward Young, lead scientist of this study told UCLA Newsroom that they drew this conclusion from the fact that the Earth and the Moon are overwhelmingly made of the same materials. 

“Theia was thoroughly mixed into both the Earth and the moon, and evenly dispersed between them,” Young said. “This explains why we don’t see a different signature of Theia in the moon versus the Earth.”
via ULCA Newsroom


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This beautiful high definition animation of the moon's rotation was captured by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Via: CNN
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Declassified documents from the Cold War era show that the U.S. Air Force once had a plan to detonate a nuclear warhead on the surface of the Moon. According to CNN's interview with Leonard Reiffel, the leader of the little known top-secret plan Project A-119, the plan was hatched in 1958 shortly after the launch of the world's first satellite Sputnik 1, which brought pressure on the American government to catch up with the Soviet Union's lead in space exploration. Had the plan been set in motion, the bomb would've been launched from an undisclosed location to travel 240,000 miles to the moon and blow up on impact, though Reiffel believes its effect on the Moon would've been more or less negligible.

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Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died. He was 82.

Considered a hero to many the world over, Armstrong was granted honors from 17 countries, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

Born in Ohio in 1930, Armstrong served as a naval pilot at 19 -- the beginning of a long, impressive aerospace career that changed history as we know it. Upon his moon landing, he stated, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

A statement from Armstrong's family suggests his death was caused by complications of recent heart surgery. The family also left the world with this advice:

For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.

[breakingnews / cbs]