The lunar cycle drives the nightjar’s migration

GPS tracking data reveals that the foraging activity of the European nightjar more than doubles during moon-lit nights, and the birds then migrate simultaneously about 10 days after the full moon, according to a study published October 15 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by Gabriel Norevik and Anders Hedenström of Lund University in Sweden, and colleagues. … Read more

Precious metals may still be locked inside the Moon

According to a new study by geologists at Dalhousie University, Carleton University and the Geophysical Laboratory, the Moon’s repository of precious metals may still be locked inside. “We have been able to link the sulfur content of lunar volcanic rocks to the presence of iron sulfide deep inside the Moon,” says James Brenan, of the … Read more

Continuing the Apollo legacy: Study shows that the Moon is older than previously believed

A new study spearheaded by Earth scientists at the University of Cologne’s Institute of Geology and Mineralogy has constrained the age of the Moon to approximately 50 million years after the formation of the solar system. After the formation of the solar system, 4.56 billion years ago, the Moon formed approximately 4.51 billion years ago. … Read more

Formation of the Moon brought water to Earth

The Earth is unique in our solar system: It is the only terrestrial planet with a large amount of water and a relatively large moon, which stabilizes the Earth’s axis. Both were essential for Earth to develop life. Planetologists at the University of Münster have now been able to show, for the first time, that … Read more

New Analysis Shows the Moon Is Tectonically Active

Thousands of young cliff-like, fault scarps detected in images taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) are evidence of a shrinking moon and recently active lunar faults. But just how recently these faults were active was not known. The Apollo astronauts placed seismometers on the moon that recorded shallow moonquakes, but the source of … Read more