New research suggests that a wayward dwarf planet collided with the moon in the early history of the solar system, causing the stark difference between the moon’s heavily-cratered far side and the lower-lying open basins of its near side.
The near side of the moon (left) looks very different from the far side. Image via NASA/ GSFC/ Arizona State University/ Slate.https://slate.com/technology/2014/07/the-moon-s-two-faces-why-are-they-so-different.html
Early results from China’s historic 1st landing on the moon’s far side. Chinese scientists have used in situ data from a far side crater to identify materials on the moon’s surface that originated deeper inside the moon.
As magnetic north shifts increasingly away from the geologic north pole – towards Siberia – studies suggest the northern lights could move with it.
Northern lights in Lake Lappajärvi, Finland. Image via Santeri Viinamäki.
NASA released before and after images of the spot on the moon where Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft crash-landed on April 11.
Before and after comparison of the landing site. Date in lower left indicates when the image was taken. It appears the spacecraft landed from the north on the rim of a small crater, about a few meters wide, leaving a dark "smudge" on Mare Serenitatis that’s elongated towards the south. Image via NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University.