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WORM, STRAWBERRY, BLUE : EVERY MOON HAS A NAME

A full moon is an unmistakable celestial event that basks Earth with its lunar glow, inspiring songwriters, scientists, and the occasional werewolf rampage. Throughout human history, moon phases have signaled changes in seasons and marked important cultural transitions, such planting or hunting, all reasons that people took to inventing monikers for each full moon. Ancient […]

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SATURDAY’S BLUE MOON IS A PASCHAL MOON FOR EASTER

The full moon shows up for a second time in March, on the 31st at 8:37 a.m. EDT. Whenever two full moons appear in one month, which happens about once every 2.66 years, the second is christened (by one definition) the “Blue Moon.” SECOND BLUE MOON OF THE YEAR And yet, this is the second […]

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HUMANS CAN RUN ON WATER

If you’ve ever gone canoeing, you may have noticed water striders, those small, long-legged bugs that easily stroll across the surface of the water without breaking the surface tension. In Central and South America, the slightly larger basilisk lizard can pull a similar trick, but it has to move pretty fast to do it. And […]

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US TO SEND ASTRONAUTS BACK TO MOON

US President Donald Trump directed NASA to plan a crewed mission to the Moon for the first time since 1972. The focus would be long-term explorations and use of the Moon’s surface, in partnership with the private sector. Mr. Trump also said the program would lay the foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, although […]