Tech & Science Full moon The internet has once again come down with a case of viral infection. Or this time, reefer madness. If social media is to be believed, the Moon will glow green in the sky tonight, bathing us all in light reflected from Uranus. According to Snopes.com, the "green Moon" is a hoax originating on social media in 2016. A post originally claimed the Moon would turn green on May 29 (which it did not). Then, the original post was hijacked and the date changed to April 20, presumably reflecting what has become unofficial National Weed Day. The last known green moon supposedly took place 420 years ago, the post stated. A comment from the original poster alleged the Moon would sit just four degrees from the planet Uranus, which reflects blue-green light. The Moon would supposedly reflect the light coming from the planet and itself glow green. Read more: NASA’s 4K Moon Video Tour Will Blow You Away Unfortunately, Uranus will not bathe … [Read more...] about Will the Moon Really Glow Green Tonight?
Shooting the moon
Göran Strand's award-winning image of the Moon, shot from Jämtland. Photo: Göran Strand A Swedish photographer has told The Local how he captured an incredible image of the Moon which won a prize for best astronomy photograph. Göran Strand's shot of Earth's natural satellite was chosen as the best astronomy photograph of 2016 by Swedish magazine Populär Astronomi. "I am very honoured to have one of my photos chosen as best astro photograph of 2016," he told The Local. "The photo was taken on August 16th last year, near the small village of Handöl in Jämtland. It was a calm and warm late summer evening and I had planned to take photos of the full Moon rising," he explained. As soon as Strand saw the special way the Moon appeared that evening, he decided to take up a new position to shoot the picture. "Just after the top of the Moon was above the horizon I saw that it would touch this beautiful mountain formation, and re-positioned myself … [Read more...] about These images of the Moon and Sun seen from Sweden will blow your mind
When Google announced in 2007 that it was going to sponsor the first privately funded mission to the moon, a team of European scientists quickly gathered in Berlin to take part. The rules of Google's Lunar XPRIZE sound straightforward enough: Build a moon rover, then actually send it to the moon, drive at least 500 meters and finally, transmit video and images back to Earth. At least 90 percent of the mission costs also have to be funded by private sources - but the first team to achieve this historic task will win $30 million. As if this wasn't enough, Google have sprinkled the race with Hollywood razzmatazz - Oscar-nominated director J.J. Abrams is shooting a documentary on its progress. There are currently five teams left in the race to the moon and one of them - the Part Time Scientists (PTS) - is based in Berlin. So far, PTS are making good progress. At a funding round in January 2015, Google awarded the team of European scientists $750,000. They were tested in three … [Read more...] about Berlin team shoots for moon in Google space mission
Today was the official deadline for the now-defunct Google Lunar X Prize competition — an international contest to send the first private spacecraft to the Moon. There is no winner; no one got to the Moon in time. But many of the teams that competed in the Google Lunar X Prize say they are still forging ahead, even without the promise of millions of dollars in prize money. The rules of the competition were relatively straightforward: build a robotic lander, using mostly private money, that can touch down gently on the Moon. Once there, the spacecraft had to explore the lunar surface — and then send back video and pictures to Earth. The winner was promised $20 million and the second-place team would have won $5 million. Other teams could have received extra money for doing special tasks like completing a full orbit around the Moon or filming video from an old Apollo landing site. Last year, only five finalist teams were left in the competition, from the original 29 teams … [Read more...] about No one won the Google Lunar X Prize, but these competitors are still shooting for the Moon
This week a Super Blue Blood Moon will form, representing an incredibly unique photographic experience. Taking place on Wednesday 31st January, this rare celestial event is when a blue moon and a lunar eclipse combine with the moon being at its closest point to Earth, and it's a truly a once-in-a-lifetime event. The last time these three elements combined was back in 1866. To make sure you make the most of this unique event, read our expert guide on how to photograph the moon. As the brightest and largest object in the night sky, the moon is a great subject to use as an introduction to astrophotography.The moon is so large that you can easily shoot it with a normal telephoto lens, and it’s also bright enough that you can use a shutter speed fast enough to avoid having to use a tracking mount.But even though the moon is relatively easy to photograph in the night sky, you still need to use the right techniques and careful planning to get a good shot. Knowing how … [Read more...] about How to photograph the moon: an easy way to shoot moon pictures full of detail