Tag Archives: Moon

The Moon

Last night I got to go observing for the first time! We used telescopes to look at three different astronomical objects, but my favorite thing to look at was the Moon. It was in the waxing gibbous phase, but it was so close to being full that it looked like a perfect circle (see the […] Continue reading

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You Take the Moon and It Blocks the Sun

An eclipse occurs whenever a celestial body passes in front of or behind another in a way that whoever is on the surface can notice such an obstruction. Lunar eclipses occur on average twice a year when the moon moves into the Earth’s shadow during the full moon phase, which happens to be the only […] Continue reading

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Water on the Moon?

We first landed on the moon over 50 years ago, but despite the relative feasibility of going back to the moon, we have only conducted a few missions since then for people to travel to our closest celestial neighbor. Why is that? Going to the moon is incredibly expensive, and there’s always been little reason […] Continue reading

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Upcoming Mission: Dragonfly

Since our class is coming to a close, I have been curious about future astronomical missions. What will the students who take ASTR 2110 learn that we do not have access to yet? One of NASA’s upcoming missions in partnership with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, is called Dragonfly and it will be observing the […] Continue reading

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The Journey Back to the Moon

Hello everyone! Almost spring break! Isn’t it bonkers to think that we first sent human beings to the Moon in 1969? That’s 54 years ago! In that time, we have made such large strides in technology. Finally, there are plans to go back soon! NASA is working hard on its Artemis campaign. This campaign aims […] Continue reading

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Geology of the Moon and Mercury – Blog 4

After writing my last blog post about atmospheres and the greenhouse effect, when learning that the atmospheres of the Moon and Mercury cause them to be considered practically airless and have no weather, I became heavily intrigued. What makes the Moon and Mercury so different from the other planets in our solar system? Thus, I […] Continue reading

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Tides

Most people (including my past self) think that tides are only caused by the moon. While the moon does have a big impact on the tides. The sun also plays a big role in the way the tides move. The moon and the sun both have gravitational forces that pull on the Earth and cause […] Continue reading

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Blog 2: Tides

Tides represent the ebb and flow of ocean waters, orchestrated by the gravitational influences of both the moon and, to a lesser degree, the sun. As the moon orbits the Earth, its gravitational force interacts with our planet. Despite the moon’s relatively small mass, its gravitational pull, although not immense, varies across the Earth’s surface […] Continue reading

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Tides During a Superstorm

As we know, the moon controls the tides, but what happens when the perfect circumstances come together and a storm is involved? This is part of what happened during Hurricane Sandy. In my Introduction post, I shared with everyone I am from New Jersey and love going to the beach, so back in 2012 when […] Continue reading

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The farmers’almanac

In elementary school, my library teacher always had the Farmers’ Almanac for the year on her desk. The Farmers’ Almanac has a forecaster who works under the pseudonym Caleb Weatherbee. Weatherbee’s predictions are based on a formula that takes many things into account including the Moon phases. Every fall, my classmates and I looked forward […] Continue reading

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