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How Many Craters Are On the Moon?

By on February 7, 2012 in

Pamela Gay recently asked me, “How many craters are there on the moon?” It was an interesting question and I don’t think I made her job easier with my initial answer that effectively was, “Depends on what you mean.”

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This week around the web

By on February 4, 2012 in

Each week we’re going to try and moments in history, upcoming events, and different way you can engage in doing astronomy. Anniversaries | Events | Looking Ahead Looking back: Anniversaries Sir William Huggins Birthday: Born Feb. 7, 1824, Huggins was a preeminent British amateur astronomer. He built his own spectrometer and was the first person to take a spectrum […]

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Annotated Apollo 15 Landing Site

What’ve We Been Up to the Last Week?

By on January 31, 2012 in

I’m not going to post an updated analysis image this week, even though the goal of >50,000 craters was reached. Instead, since we’re still in beta, I thought I’d spend a few paragraphs telling you what we’ve been working on behind the scenes here at Moon Mappers and CosmoQuest. First, for CosmoQuest in general, Pamela […]

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Help remeasure the Solar System size

By on January 29, 2012 in

Measuring the size of the Solar System is remarkably hard. We can’t just roll out a tape measure and check our numbers twice. We can’t even just use the surveyor’s parallax method on any old day of the week. Until the advent of the laser and radar, the only way we could measure distances was to […]

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This week in Space

By on January 27, 2012 in

Each week we’re going to try and moments in history, upcoming events, and different way you can engage in doing astronomy. Looking back: Anniversaries This week is NASA remembrance week. May no one ever forget the sacrifices of the crews of Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia. January 24, 1986 Voyager 2 flew past Uranus. The mission studied […]

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