Category: Moon


This week’s space map blog post is a topographic map of the Moon! You can see the full-size map and find the open-source code here


Major features on the Moon, 1958.


Chris Moore cover art for “The Sentinel” by Arthur C. Clarke, 1991.


The very last image from Israeli Beresheet lunar lander

Space Station Silhouette on the Moon


On the set of Destination Moon, 1950. Photo by Allan Grant.

NASA Secures First International Partnership for Lunar Gateway:

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the announcement Thursday by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about Canada’s support for the Gateway lunar outpost and deep space exploration:

Wide Field View of Great American Eclipse


Lunar Eclipses: What Are They & When Is the Next One?⠀

Lunar eclipses occur when Earth’s shadow blocks the sun’s light, which otherwise reflects off the moon. There are three types — total, partial and penumbral — with the most dramatic being a total lunar eclipse, in which Earth’s shadow completely covers the moon. The next lunar eclipse will be a total lunar eclipse on Jan. 21, 2019 and will be visible from North and South America, Europe and Africa. ⠀

A lunar eclipse can occur only at full moon. A total lunar eclipse can happen only when the sun, Earth and moon are perfectly lined up — anything less than perfection creates a partial lunar eclipse or no eclipse at all. Some understanding of simple celestial mechanics explains how lunar eclipses work.⠀

When is the next lunar eclipse?⠀

The last lunar eclipse was on July 27, 2018. It was a total lunar eclipse. Here is a schedule of upcoming lunar eclipses:⠀

Jan. 19, 2019: Total eclipse. Visible from North and South America, Europe and Africa.⠀
July 16, 2019: Partial eclipse. Visible from South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.⠀
Jan. 10, 2020: Penumbral eclipse. Visible from parts of North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.⠀
June 5, 2020: Penumbral eclipse. Visible from parts of South America, Europe, Africa, most of Asia and Australia.⠀
July 5, 2020: Penumbral eclipse. Visible from most of North America, South America, western Europe and Africa.⠀
Nov. 30, 2020: Penumbral eclipse. Visible from North America, South America, northern Europe, eastern Asia and Australia.⠀

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-via Kieth Burns (This montage of images taken by skywatcher Kieth Burns shows the Dec. 20, 2010 total lunar eclipse. The photos won a NASA contest to become an official NASA/JPL wallpaper for the public.)⠀
Text Credit: via Instagram

Crater Tycho on the Moon.

Credit: NASA, ESA and D Ehrenreich