NASA has plans to use the Orion spacecraft, seen here in an artist’s concept, to reach the moon by the 2020s.
Although the plan hatched by NASA and its Russian counterpart to build a space station near the moon seems like a solid launching pad for further human space exploration, it’s a message that’s been heard before.On Wednesday, the U.S. agency and Roscosmos announced they are working on a partnership to build the station, called the Deep Space Gateway.
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Although there’s nothing official about it, it’s traditional to say the upcoming March or vernal equinox signals the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Continue reading
Tonight – March 1, 2017 – look in your western sky for the waxing crescent moon and the dazzling planet Venus some 20 minutes (or less) after sunset. These two luminaries will pop out almost immediately after sunset because the moon and Venus rank as the brightest and second-brightest celestial bodies of nighttime, respectively. Then as dusk turns into night, seek out another bright planet, even closer to tonight’s moon than Venus. That second planet is Mars. A third planet, Uranus – a world barely within the limit for viewing with the eye alone – is very nearby.
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For a long time we thought the Moon was completely dry, but it turns out there are actually three sources of lunar water. Continue reading
By Nicole Mortillaro, CBC News Posted: Feb 10, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 10, 2017 9:20 AM ET
This weekend offers a good reminder that there’s a lot going on in space
Friday is a night full of fun astronomical treats.
First, there’s February’s full moon, called the Snow Moon — named for the typically cold and snowy weather this time of year.
All full moons are given nicknames, such as January’s Wolf Moon, the Strawberry Moon in May, and, of course, the Harvest Moon — the one nearest the autumnal equinox in either September or October.
The Snow Moon will rise around 5:35 p.m in Toronto and at 5:26 p.m. in Vancouver.
The Globe and Mail’s science reporter, Ivan Semeniuk, explains how fire works in space. This video is a part of a series called, Canada Q&A: Globe journalists answer your questions – from wine to politics to sports and everything in between
Stargazers enjoyed an unusual astronomical treat on Sunday night, a supermoon lunar eclipse. The last time such an event took place was in 1982 and if you missed it this year, you’ll have to wait until 2033 for the next one. Photo: AP
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