NASA Confirms Water Exists on Sunny Side of the Moon

U.S space agency NASA confirmed Monday that water exists on the sunny side of the Moon, albeit in very small amounts. According to a new study in the journal Nature Astronomy, water can persist on the sunlit side of the Moon, noting that future explorers may have new opportunities. “This discovery reveals that water might be distributed across the lunar surface and not limited to the cold, shadowed places near the lunar poles, where we have previously discovered water ice,” NASA’s Paul Hertz said at a press conference. In a news release, he noted that NASA scientists had some indications that water could exist on the Moon’s sunlit side. But Hertz added that “now we know it is there,” and “this discovery challenges our understanding of the lunar surface and raises intriguing questions about resources relevant for deep space exploration.” NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) found water molecules in the Clavius Crater, which is visible from Earth, said NASA in the release. “Prior to the SOFIA observations, we knew there was some kind of hydration,” Casey Honniball, the lead author who published the results from her graduate thesis work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, said on Monday in the news release. “But we didn’t know how much, if any, was actually water molecules—like we drink every day—or something more like drain cleaner.” According to the agency, the amount of water on the Moon is minuscule, noting that the Sahara Desert in North Africa has about 100 times the amount than what SOFIA found in the lunar soil. But NASA’s “discovery raises new questions about how water is created and how it persists on the harsh, airless lunar surface,” it noted. NASA researchers said they’re aiming to learn more about the presence of water on the Moon during the planned Artemis program, which will send people to the Moon’s surface in 2024. SOFIA will attempt to observe water in additional sunny areas on the Moon to see how the life-sustaining substance is produced, stored, and moves across the lunar surface, said researchers. “It was, in fact, the first time SOFIA has looked at the Moon, and we weren’t even completely sure if we would get reliable data, but questions about the Moon’s water compelled us to try,” Naseem Rangwala, SOFIA’s project scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, said in the release. “It’s incredible that this discovery came out of what was essentially a test, and now that we know we can do this, we’re planning more flights to do more observations.”

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Full Hunter’s Blue Moon to rise on Halloween before clocks fall back

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Full moon glows Blood Red as it rises into California’s inferno

Blood red full moon appears in the night sky over a burning California. Picture via Youtube video There was no eclipse on September 30, 2020. But still, as the full moon rose on that day, California’s wildfire-smoke-infused skies caused it to glow a vibrant red over Mount Shasta.And that’s really an eerie sight to see in California… Yes, wildfires in the state have given the moon a blood-red cast. [embedded content] The smoke from California’s wildfires have stained the sky red in recent weeks and that effect can have a particularly striking impact at night, turning the full moon a bright shade of red on September 30. Igor A Chicherin captured this timelapse video on Instagram that shows a crimson moon rising over Mount Shasta. The effect was seen outside California too. Dylan Robichaud, a National Weather Association certified meteorologist in Eugene, Oregon, reported on that date that the moon “appeared orange this morning due to the smoke in the upper atmosphere from the California fires.” According to local meteorologists, the red hues were due to wildfire smoke in the state, which caused hazy skies and a red tint to the moon. Have you ever seen a blood red moon? I am starting to feel nervous… Aren’t you? More on Youtube, Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. Now if you are looking for supplements to increase your healthy lifestyle please visit Natural Health Source. Follow us: Facebook and Twitter. By the way you can also support us on Paypal. Please and thank you!

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Would you expect anything else from 2020? RARE and spooky FULL MOON on Halloween will be visible to the entire world and not for just parts of it

Rare and spooky full moon on Halloween 2020. Picture: NASA/Kim Shiflett In the bizarre year that’s 2020, another highly unusual event is headed our way.This year’s Halloween full moon will be visible to the entire world, rather than just parts of it, for the first time since World War II, astronomy educator and former planetarium director Jeffrey Hunt says.  “When I was teaching, my high school students thought a full moon occurred every Halloween,” saind Hunt. Not quite, though pop culture decorations sure make it seem that way. The last Halloween full moon visible around the globe came in 1944, he said. He’s written about the event on his web site, When the Curves Line Up. There was a Halloween full moon for some locations in 1955, but that didn’t include western North America and the western Pacific, Hunt says. [embedded content] While this year’s Halloween full moon will be visible in all parts of the globe, that doesn’t mean every single citizen will have a view. Residents across both North America and South America will see it, as will India, all of Europe and much of Asia. But while Western Australians will see it, those in the central and eastern parts of the country will not.  Know time zones well? “Every time zone has it except those east of (GMT) +8 time zones if they have daylight time, or (GMT) +9 with no daylight time,” Hunt says. Want to see the Halloween full moon? It’s so bright at the full phase it doesn’t matter if you’re in a crowded city or out on the farm. And you don’t need pricey equipment. “Walk outside, and take a look,” Hunt says.  If you’re too busy watching horror movies, you’ll have to wait until 2039 for another global full moon. Next will take place in 2058, 2077 and 2096. The next full moon is on October 1, 2020 (Harvest Moon)… So the Halloween’s moon is also known as a ‘Blue Moon’ – the name given to the second full moon to appear in a calendar month. Just keep your eyes to the sky and enjoy the spooky sky show. More information on Fox10Phoenix, CNET, Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. Follow us: Facebook and Twitter. By the way you can also support us on Paypal. Please and thank you!

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