A Year of the Moon in 2.5 Minutes

in Astronomy, Video - Science | June 16th, 2011

If you were stuck somewhere far away from yesterday’s lunar eclipse, here’s some consolation courtesy of NASA. The Scientific Visualization Studio at the Goddard Space Flight Center has compiled this two and a half minute video from over a year’s worth of data recorded by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which has been orbiting the moon at 50 kilometers above its surface for over a year.

The results are pretty spectacular, and might render the pain of missing a chance to watch the moon turn red a little more bearable, especially for all you heartbroken Cancers (we’ll get through this.)

via Wired News

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Sheerly Avni is a San Francisco-based arts and culture writer. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Weekly, Mother Jones, and many other publications. You can follow her on twitter at @sheerly.

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  1. david says . . .
    June 16, 2011 / 9:49 am

    NASA site says “LRO will spend at least a year in a low polar orbit approximately 50 kilometers (31 miles) above the lunar surface, …”, not “50 feet”.

  2. Sheerly Avni says . . .
    June 16, 2011 / 10:30 am

    Thanks so much for the catch, David. Much appreciated.


  3. ChianrRaiKen says . . .
    July 7, 2012 / 6:46 am

    For dummies who still think astronauts never landed on the moon, why not a telephoto shot of the Rover? It may not convince perpetual doubters, but it would be cool to see.

  4. Tony says . . .
    October 25, 2012 / 2:14 pm

    Since the LRO was orbiting the moon, it must have seen the far side. Why isn’t that included in this video?

  5. Kaelan says . . .
    February 22, 2013 / 2:09 pm

    Lol that was an animation… wtf

  6. Narayan says . . .
    June 7, 2013 / 12:20 pm

    I have very interest about Space.

  7. sachinbaliyan says . . .
    August 8, 2015 / 9:49 pm

    all the amazing. videos

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