lunar experiences

Libra moons 🌙

-needs to be comfortable in their environment and preferably in an aesthetically pleasing environment
-needs validation, to know they are doing the right thing
-needs you to know when to be silly and when to be serious
-needs to isolate themselves and recharge often
-needs to be appreciated for their hard work
-needs to be coaxed out of their shell
-needs a good hug tbh
-secretly needs you to slow down, ask them how they are doing, and genuinely want to know the answer
-needs you to pick up on their mood shifts -needs you to be positive bc they are very affected by the attitudes and moods of others. If you’re sending out bad vibes, they will also be in a bad mood for no reason
-needs you to understand that their emotions are complex and they don’t always know what or why they are feeling they way they do
-lastly, they need to feel loved. You don’t always have to come right out and say it, but with this moon sign little gestures, pet names, and random acts of kindness go a long way

(*all based on personal experience*)

Niceart week (day 4): Red String/Fate/Soulmate

is it fate? Or is it all part of Nice’s calculation?

*edit: i did a repaint because i couldnt let this go without at least giving it base colors! q w q

Lunar Pisces experience the emotions of others seeping into them, as well as general shifts of mood throughout the population. It can feel overwhelming at times, but also provides them with the intuition to take on the role as the healers in our society. Their emotional outlets tend to be self destructive rather than destructive towards other people around them, yet more positive expressions include art, music, reading, or anything that lays their soul to rest for at least a while. 

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Being a Libra moon can be infuriating.

The moon represents our emotions, our inner selves, our intuition, and some our most personal desires.

Libra is the only zodiac sign represented by an object. Objects are inherently lifeless, they do not have thoughts or feelings and cannot take action. All objects exist only to serve, to benefit others. Their purpose to be used. Objects are created by life forms and used by life forms. An object does not exist just to exist as the way people do. They cannot fulfill their purpose without other’s interactions and influence.

So, in combination, this sign does not feel the way other moon signs do. In the realm of emotion, a lifeless object such as the scales is uncomfortable under the moon’s position. Here, the celestial body that rules emotion has no natural life force to work with. The scales are born impartial, objective, and devoid of feeling.

This lack of feeling where there should be is what causes many Libra moons (and to a lesser extent Air moons) to feel hollow. There is an emptiness that rages inside. The emptiness may come and go the way the moon pulls the ocean tides back out to sea, but it is always there. Think of emotions as the sea, vast and ever changing. The Libra moon sails its small ship at night, alone. The water is dark and calm on the surface but underneath lies a turbulent current. The Libra always feels the nagging of the whirlpool underneath and struggles to sail against it. It is only when the Lunar Libra finds a match to sail with do they feel like they have a chance to conquer the undercurrent. It is only when the Libra has found companionship are they able to sail under the warmth of the sun, feel the spray of the sea, and enjoy what life has to offer.

Lunar Libras logically know they have the power to be independent, to sail their ship alone. But doing so would mean facing the sinister undercurrent by themselves. Having a partner fulfills their ancient need to be of service, of use. Others influence, create, and mold Libras: something they cannot do on their own. An object cannot create itself. It needs the touch of another.

A Libra without love is an object who’s creator has thrown them away. Libras need to be desires and loved in the same regard a sailor takes care of his ship. An unloved Libra is a ship forever docked, never taken out to see the world.

The moon in Libra needs other’s influence to develop themselves. They can learn how to behave, how to respond, how to feel, how to live. The Lunar Libra must always try harder to access their feelings than other signs. They must build their own personality from what they’ve learned along the way.

There are two parts to the Scales. Lunar Libras come into this world trying to keep them level and balanced by themselves, but always one side is heavier than the other. Having a partner means that Libras have help to keep the Scales even. They can finally lay down in a dish to rest, their partner in the other keeps them balanced and safe.

Please be patient with the Scales for they are still learning how to sail.

Originally posted by gentlemensherald

Lunar Aquarians have a great love of wider humanity, but they can loathe people. There could be spiritual and communal bond with animals and severe urgency to advocate on behalf of nature’s welfare. During severe emotional torment, the Lunar Aquarius can experience complete numbness and the sense of exit from their own bodies. 

A WIP of my Overwatch OC Refractor.

Still working out her abilities, but her backstory is pretty much set. Her parents Marjane Satrapi, and Alexander Readman were two of the many scientists in the Horizon Lunar Colony.Of the many experiments conducted, Refractors parents were tasked to researching alternate forms of renewable energy. Enter the discovery of the Corealians, beings comprised entirely of energy. Well the discovery of a lone Corealian, far from its native galexy known as Sennex.

Rocky at first due to the sole means of communication between the two parties being vague morse code via the modulation of Sennex’s energy. Shortly after this discovery Marjane became pregnant with Refracter and would be the first child born on the moon.

That was till the gorilla uprising that ravaged the colony. Marjane was able to make it to an excape capsule with thanks to Alexanders acrifice to stay behind to try and keep the reactor powering the colony from reaching a catostrophic meltdown.

The escape capsules were designed to sustain a person for up to a month while emiting a distress beacon to the base back on Earth. However the beacon on Marjane’s capsule was defective and thus she stayed in orbit, heavily pregnant, with only enough supplies to last a month.

Not wanting to give up, Marjane tried to repair the beacon building a strong emotional bond with Sennex, but the beacon was unable to be salvaged. after 43 days in space Marjane could feel her strength slipping,Refracter’s steady kicks and Sennex her only comforts.

As Marjane neared her end she asked if there was anything the Coralian could do to save at least her unborn baby. The only way the child could live is if Sennex biomerged with the child, becoming a fused being. It would allow the human child to survive the vaccum of space,however the fusion would be permananet and the child could never be a regular human.

Marjane agreed.

Thus Refractor was born. The first Human/Corealian symbiot.

Hitchhiking a Ride to Space

Have you ever packed for a long trip with a friend and ran out of space in your suitcase? Maybe your friend was nice and let your spare items hitchhike a ride in their bag?  The following science experiments are doing something similar on our Space Launch System rocket.

Our Space Launch System (SLS) will be the most powerful rocket we’ve ever built and will enable astronauts in the Orion spacecraft to travel deeper into the solar system. This advanced launch vehicle will launch astronauts to an asteroid and eventually to Mars, while opening new possibilities for other payloads including robotic scientific missions to places like Mars, Saturn and Jupiter.

The primary goal of SLS and the Orion spacecraft is to launch future crewed, deep space missions. That said, an added bonus of this powerful rocket is the extra science it can carry. On it’s first mission (known as Exploration Mission-1, EM-1) SLS will carry 13 CubeSats (small satellites, each the size of a large shoebox) on its first flight as secondary payloads. These small satellites will perform various in-space experiments. In a way, these 13 CubeSats are ‘space hitchhikers’, catching a ride to deep space where they can gather data valuable to future exploration missions.

How were these 13 experiments selected? Great question. They were selected through a series of announcements of flight opportunities, a public contest and negations with our international partners.

These secondary payloads have a vast array of functions, from taking pictures of asteroids, to using yeast to detect impacts of deep-space radiation. Each month we will highlight one of these experiments on Tumblr and talk about all the exciting science they will do. Just to give you an idea of what these shoebox-sized satellites will do, we’ll give you a preview:

1. NEA Scout

NEA Scout, stands for: Near-Earth Asteroid Scout. This CubeSat will investigate an asteroid, taking pictures and observe its position in space.

2. BioSentinel

BioSentinel will be the first time living organisms have traveled to deep space in more than 40 years. It will use yeast to detect, measure and compare the impact of deep-space radiation on living organisms over long durations in deep space.

3. Lunar Flashlight

This experiment will look for ice deposits and identify locations where resources may be extracted from the lunar surface. It will demonstrate the capability to scout for useful materials and resources from lunar orbit.

4. Skyfire

Lockheed Martin’s Skyfire will perform a lunar flyby, collecting data to address both Moon and Mars Strategic Knowledge Gaps, or gaps in information required to reduce risk, increase effectiveness and improve the design of robotic and human space exploration missions, for surface characterization, remote sensing and site selection.

5. Lunar IceCube

Morehead State University’s Lunar IceCube will look for water in ice, liquid and vapor forms from a very low orbit of only 62 miles above the surface of the moon. The ability to search for useful resources can potentially help astronauts manufacture fuel and necessities to sustain a crew.

6. CuSP

The CubeSat mission to study Solar Particles, or CuSP, will be the first protype of an interplanetary CubeSat space weather station. It will observe space weather events hours before they reach Earth.

7. Luna-H-Map

Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper (LunaH) will enter a polar orbit around the moon with a low altitude. From there, it will produce maps of near-surface hydrogen.

8, 9, 10. Three Tournament Payloads

Three of the payloads riding along on this journey will be the winners of the Ground Tournaments portion of our CubeQuest Challenge. This challenge is designed to foster innovation in small spacecraft propulsion and communications techniques. Learn more about this challenge HERE.

11, 12, 13. International Partners

The remaining three payloads are reserved for international partners, and will be announced at a later time.

To stay updated on these experiments, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/launching-science-and-technology.html

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Red Moon, green beam

This is not a scene from a sci-fi special effects movie. The green beam of light and red lunar disk are real enough, captured in the early morning hours of April 15. Of course, the reddened lunar disk is easy to explain as the image was taken during this week's total lunar eclipse. Immersed in shadow, the eclipsed Moon reflects the dimmed reddened light of all the sunsets and sunrises filtering around the edges of planet Earth, seen in silhouette from a lunar perspective. But the green beam of light really is a laser. Shot from the 3.5-meter telescope at Apache Point Observatory in southern New Mexico, the beam’s path is revealed as Earth’s atmosphere scatters some of the intense laser light. The laser’s target is the Apollo 15 retroreflector, left on the Moon by the astronauts in 1971. By determining the light travel time delay of the returning laser pulse, the experimental team from UC San Diego is able to measure the Earth-Moon distance to millimeter precision and provide a test of General Relativity, Einstein’s theory of gravity. Conducting the lunar laser ranging experiment during a total eclipse uses the Earth like a cosmic light switch. With direct sunlight blocked, the reflector’s performance is improved over performance when illuminated by sunlight during a normal Full Moon, an effect fondly known as The Full Moon Curse.

Image credit & copyright: Dan Long (Apache Point Observatory) - Courtesy: Tom Murphy (UC San Diego)

How far is the moon?

Textbooks reluctantly write it as 384,400 km on average. But How on earth did they figure out how far the moon was? Here is an interesting way:

The Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment.

The ongoing Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment measures the distance between the Earth and the Moon using laser ranging.

Lasers on Earth are aimed at retro-reflectors ( device or surface that reflects light back to its source with a minimum of scattering.) planted on the Moon during the Apollo program (11, 14, and 15), and the time for the reflected light to return is determined.

The distance to the Moon is calculated approximately using this equation:

Distance = (Speed of light × Time taken for light to reflect) / 2.

(since distance=speed* time )

The reflected light is too weak to be seen with the human eye: out of 1017 photons aimed at the reflector, only one will be received back on Earth every few seconds, even under good conditions. They can be identified as originating from the laser because the laser is highly monochromatic.

There you have it! The distance between the moon and the earth, and also conclusive proof that astronauts did land on the moon. 

Can you test this in your backyard ? Unfortunately no ! You would need highly sensitive detectors and a laser that can shoot 1017 green 532 nm photons per pulse. Not to mention the fancy electronics ! Phew !

( Extra : Lunar laser ranging The Big Bang Theory style. 

Mythbusters try the lunar ranging experiment. ( for real ) )

Apollo 17, last of the lunar manned flights. (Above) Crescent earth rise before transearth injection (TEI) of Apollo. (Top right) Harrison H. Schmitt collecting rock sample with a lunar rake at the Taurus-Littrow landing site. (Center right) Rover driven beside lunar module by Eugene A. Cernan; South Massif is in the background. (Bottom right) Deployed components of the Apollo lunar surface experiments package (ALSEP), includ-ing lunar ejecta and meteorite experiment (LEAM) and radio-isotope thermoelectric generator (RTG). (Below) Large, split lunar boulder at the Taurus-Littrow landing site. [NASA]

my first picture with Tyler Hoechlin, i’m going to post the other two (ft. sanne) soon! i wish i had words to describe how amazing my experience at Lunar Eclipse 2 was, but i just can’t. im so thankful that i got to meet tyler again and tell him what he meant to me (which i was unable to do last time due to freaking out too much). he is so sweet and nice and i just love him so much afdsdfgdfghj

if you want to use this picture for anything, please let me know and give me credit!

Apollo 12 visits Surveyor 3

Apollo 12 was the second mission to land humans on the Moon. The landing site was picked to be near the location of Surveyor 3, a robot spacecraft that had landed on the Moon three years earlier. In the above photograph, taken by lunar module pilot Alan Bean, mission commander Pete Conrad retrieves parts from the Surveyor. The lunar module is visible in the distance. Apollo 12 brought back many photographs and moon rocks. Among the milestones achieved by Apollo 12 was the deployment of the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package, which carried out many experiments including one that measured the solar wind.

Image credit: Apollo 12 Crew, NASA