The Supermoon Is More Than Pretty, It’s Powerful

The Supermoon Is More Than Pretty, It’s Powerful

Don’t underestimate the power of the moon. Super full moons like the one last night happen when the moon is closest to Earth, and they bring higher tides. For coastal cities like Miami or Boston or Norfolk, high tides also mean an increased risk of flooding.

Why This Matters: “In short, the moon has very strong control over how we experience sea level. It doesn’t affect sea-level rise, but it can hide or exaggerate it,” writes Brian McNoldy, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

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As Private Companies Near Space Travel and Exploitation, New Legal Questions Arise

As Private Companies Near Space Travel and Exploitation, New Legal Questions Arise

To many companies, space is the new “Wild West,” a “final frontier”  of resources to be exploited for profit. To avoid a “land rush” in space, nations and space companies will need to agree on what they can claim to own or even begin to extract from outer space before their competitors beat them to it. 

Why this Matters:  Tesla and Amazon are working to make space travel and resource extraction for private citizens and companies possible.

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One Looney Lunar Thing: Trump Plans Moon Colony

One Looney Lunar Thing: Trump Plans Moon Colony

In a tweet last Friday, the Republican Party boasted about President Trump’s agenda “fighting for you” in his second term, which included establishing a permanent human presence on the moon, sending astronauts to visit Mars, infrastructure, and high-speed internet nationwide (in that order).  As if these things were remotely comparable!  And maybe they should consider […]

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Trump Issues Executive Order Allowing Mineral Exploitation on the Moon

Trump Issues Executive Order Allowing Mineral Exploitation on the Moon

The Trump administration may be in the midst of battling a global pandemic, but the President made time on Monday to sign an executive order establishing a policy that calls for the U.S. to mine and exploit the other resources like water on the moon. 

Why This Matters:  Doesn’t the President have more important things to do right now than to pursue his endless quest to mine and exploit resources?

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One Cool Thing: Five of Jupiter’s Newly Discovered Moons Now Have Names

One Cool Thing: Five of Jupiter’s Newly Discovered Moons Now Have Names

Last summer, scientists discovered twelve new moons around the planet Jupiter, and they held a contest to name five of them.  Not just any old name would do, mind you.  The names had to meet certain requirement in order to be approved by the International Astronomical Union,  According to Space.com, ‘Jupiter’s moons are all named […]

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One Cool Thing: Going to the Moons

One Cool Thing: Going to the Moons

You don’t have to be an astronaut to go to the moon!  National Geographic has created a really cool interactive Atlas of the Moons — ALL of the moons in our solar system.  Earth is the only planet in our solar system with just one moon — and you can learn much more about it […]

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