"Help Us Name the Moons of Pluto!"
Pluto may have lost is designation as a full-fledged-planet in 2006 (after 'dwarf planet' Eris
was discovered that is larger than it), but it still gets plenty of attention by astronomers. In the last two years, the Hubble Space Telescope discovered two more moons of Pluto, which have not yet been named. So Mark Showalter
of the SETI Institute is doing an online survey. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop
on Feb 11, 2013 -
Names of the Full Moons
We are now 4 days past the Snow Moon, and this year it's easy to see (at least here in northern Virginia) why it was so named. It was also called the Hunger Moon... [more inside]
posted by Irontom
on Mar 3, 2003 -
Swan song for a great explorer.
Tomorow, the Galileo explorer will make a flyby of Jovian moon Amalthea
ending pehaps the geatest unmanned mission in NASA history. Galileo telemetry may not survive the flyby having already receieved much more radiation than it was designed for. Even if it does survive, this will be its final orbit scheduled to crash into Jupiter in September of next year. In spite of antenna difficulties, the spacecraft returned many beautiful images
of Jupiter's moons, along with coverage of the Shoemaker-Levy collision
and the first atmospheric probe to decend into Jupiter's weather.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Nov 3, 2002 -
Once in a blue moon
. Not only will the full moon on Halloween be the first in 40(i think) and the last for another 19 years, it is also a 'blue moon' which means that the moon is full twice
in the same month. Notwithstanding any MeFi visitors from Detroit
, are you feeling strange yet?
posted by donkeysuck
on Oct 30, 2001 -