Not since 1977 has a full moon dawned in the skies on Christmas, but this year a bright full moon will be an added gift for the holidays.
December’s full moon, the last of the year, is called the Full Cold Moon because it occurs at the beginning of winter. This rare event won’t happen again until 2034, that’s a long time to wait, so make sure to look up to the skies on Christmas Day.
“As we look at the moon on such an occasion, it’s worth remembering that the moon is more than just a celestial neighbor,” said John Keller, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “The history of the moon and Earth are intimately tied together such that the Earth would be a dramatically different planet without the moon.”
While fireworks only last short minutes here on Earth, a bundle of cosmic sparklers of nearby stars will be going off for thousands of years.
Today we see the universe as a mix of quasars, clusters of galaxies, clouds of the “dark matter” and huge areas of the void that make the entire structure similar to a giant sponge with lots of internal tunnels. Since the light needs time to reach us from any remote location (even with the speed of 186 000 miles per second), the farther our view extends, the more distant past we can see. Actually the universe is just a snapshot of various moments of the cosmos history. Galaxies float in the darkness and each one sends us a picture from their time. Continue reading
Well, it is a real conundrum, I mean my decision to write in English… Probably my English is enough for short memos, even I suppose it is not bad to compile a simple dictionary. But it definitely seems to be very poor to talk about Mars, Venus or any other planet: what we know about them and what the sense of their being… Any attempts to describe look insipid and boring, so is it worth giving a try? Continue reading