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Earth’s Moist And Mysterious Moon

    Earth’s Moist And Mysterious Moon By Judith E Braffman-Miller Earth’s Moon is our planet’s closest neighbor in space, but it is remarkable how even neighbors can keep secrets from each other. For years, astronomers thought that Earth’s Moon was barren of water and other volatile compounds, but this notion began to change in 2008, when a team of…

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Mysterious Moon-Birth Within A Primordial Cloud

    Mysterious Moon-Birth Within A Primordial Cloud By Judith E Braffman-Miller Bewitching, beguiling, and bewildering, Earth’s Moon gleams like a light-reflecting mirror as it glistens high above us–the largest object in our sky on clear dark nights. Even though our Moon is Earth’s closest companion in space–and the only world beyond Earth that we have walked upon–it still has…

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Two Moons of Florence

Asteroid 3122 Florence passed by our planet yesterday, the biggest near-Earth object to pass us so close in about a century. Astronomers at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex tracked 2.8 mile wide Florence by using RADAR between August 29th and September 1… and to their surprise they found that there are two moons in orbit around the asteroid. The pair…

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