Posts Tagged ‘moon’

Lunar Mission One

November 20, 2014

Note: These videos are gross. Waffle, and nothing or very little on the project.

Note: Leaving DNA on the Moon is incredibly foolhardy. What alien species has access?

Lunar Mission One has to be the most ambitious crowd funding project to date, a mission to the Moon.

The mission will be in ten years time to land a probe on the south pole of the Moon

  • largest crater in the universe
  • in direct sunlight
  • in direct line of sight with the earth

A core sample will be drilled, at least 20m, possibly 100m deep.

A time capsule will also be left on the Moon honouring those who made Lunar Mission One possible.

We have all been stunned by a a rendezvous with a comet, orbiting a comet, then sending a lander down to the surface of the comet.

Crowd funding has a long history.

The Great Exhibition in Crystal Palace was made possible by public subscription.

So much money was raised including tickets sales, it paid for the V&A, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Royal Albert Hall and Imperial College. The Trust still exists, and makes available for science, £2 million every year.

Supermoon

August 11, 2014
supermoon Mount Eden in Auckland

supermoon Mount Eden in Auckland

supermoon rises above the castle of Somoskoujfalu, northeast of Budapest, Hungary

supermoon rises above the castle of Somoskoujfalu, northeast of Budapest, Hungary

Sunday night saw a supermoon.

At 2am Monday morning, some hours after moonrise, the supermoon was unbelievably bright, it was as though an arc lamp was suspended in the night sky.

There was also a meteorite shower, which I did not see.

In some parts of the world, the supermoon was pink. The supermoon that rose over my house was the most brilliant white.

Full moon

April 16, 2014
full moon

full moon

full moon

full moon

Last night, early hours of the morning, about five or ten minutes before four o’clock, the most amazing full moon.

I have never seen a moon look so big or so bright.

It was also supposed to be red. It was red, not even pink, not even a hint of pink, very bright white.

But maybe wrong time, maybe wrong location in the world.

blood moon

blood moon

blood moon multiple exosure showing eclipse

blood moon multiple exosure showing eclipse

blood moon in its final stage of eclipse above Los Angeles

blood moon in its final stage of eclipse above Los Angeles

Tetrad – four successive ‘blood-red’ lunar eclipses each followed by six full moons – has now begun and will end on September 28 2015.

The alignment has only happened a handful of times in the last two thousand years.

Unusually, in this Tetrad, all four blood moons coincide with major dates in the Jewish calendar. Last night came during Passover, the second will be on October 8, at the time of the Feast of the Tabernacles. The pattern is exactly repeated next year. On April 4 2015 a total lunar eclipse will occur during Passover, followed by the final dawn of the last blood moon next September, again during the Feast of the Tabernacles.

Why The Full Moon is Better in Winter

December 22, 2013

At least now I know why the full moon was so bright last week.

Moonrise

October 1, 2012
Moonrise

Moonrise

Another evening watching the moon rise, moonlight across the sea.

Moonbeams

September 30, 2012
Moonbeams

Moonbeams

The last few evenings I have watched a full or almost full moon rise above the horizon.

A beautiful path of moonbeams across the sea to my feet which then widens into a broad swathe of moonlight reflecting on the sea.

This evening it was already dark as I walked in the sea. It was very warm.

No moon, hidden behind dark clouds. Then it emerged, not as a white disc, but as a fiery red flame.

Then it vanished behind a black disk, light all around. It was as though I was watching an eclipse of the moon. Maybe I was though I was not aware one was due.

I stood in the sea, transfixed, mesmerised.

Then my heart stopped as a ghostly apperition materialised in the sea. I then realised it was a woman coming out of the sea who I assume had been swimming though I had not noticed her swimming.

I noticed the moon was exactly in line with the rising sun that I had observed at exactly 12 hours early.

That would explain why the sea was so high this morning and the previous morning as sun and moon exactly in alignment exerting maximum gravitational pull on the sea.

It was 27C and the sea was very warm.

As I write tonight nearly midnight very hot and humid in the street.

One small step for man

August 25, 2012
Neil Armstrong on the Moon

Neil Armstrong on the Moon

Earth seen from the Moon - Neil Armstrong RIP

Earth seen from the Moon – Neil Armstrong RIP

One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. — Neil Armstrong

There can be no great accomplishment without risk. — Neil Armstrong

We thought he was going to show us the moon. In reality he let us see earth properly for the first time. RIP Neil Armstrong. — Pandora Stevens

These famous words were spoken by Neil Armstrong from the surface of the Moon, the first astronaut to set foot on the moon.

I recall watching this live and can remember it as though yesterday.

Until the Americans set foot on the surface of the Moon and beat the Soviets in the Space Race, the Russians were the first to put a man in space, the Moon was something you read about in the novels of Jules Verne, Arthur C Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein.

Neil Armstrong was commander of Apollo 11. He took manual control of the Eagle, flew over an area strewn with boulders, with only seconds of fuel left, he found a safe place to land and announced to the world: Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed.

He and fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs.

The Chairman of the Board Frank Sinatra sang about flying to the moon but Neil Armstrong did it twice.

Long before Michael Jackson was moonwalking through the years, Neil Armstrong was doing it on the Moon.

Long before Pink Floyd discovered the Dark Side of the Moon Neil Armstrong was on the light side.

The Moon landing took place on 20 July 1969.

No other act of human exploration ever laid a plaque saying “We Come In Peace For All Mankind”.

Born in 1930 and raised in Ohio, Neil Armstrong took his first flight aged six with his father and formed a lifelong passion for flying.

He flew Navy fighter jets during the Korean War in the 1950s, and joined the US space programme in 1962.

Apollo 11 was to be his last space mission. In 1971, he left the US space agency Nasa to teach aerospace engineering.

I was one of those privileged to handle one of the rocks brought back from the Moon, and was later to work on the design of an experiment on a satellite that measured CO2 in the atmosphere and led to our knowledge of global warming.

I learnt tonight of the sad news of the death of Neil Armstrong (1930-2012).

Special thanks to Bianca Jagger for videos of David Bowie and Michael Jackson.

Yuri Gagarin, was the first man in space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961. He died some years ago in a fatal accident.

Sputnik was the first orbiting satellite.

On a clear night, look up at the Moon, think of Neil Armstrong and give it a wink.

Top Story in EARTH recommended (Monday 27 August 2012).

Star size and the known size of the universe

November 14, 2010

No, we are not the centre of the universe.

Music in the second video is from The Mass by Eric Levi from the Era trilogy.