Antares and a Supermoon

Antares rocket and a supermoon on Saturday.  Image Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

Antares rocket and a supermoon on Saturday. Image Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

Nice picture from NASA of the Super Moon setting over the Orbital Science Antares rocket with the Cygnus cargo ship ready for flight. See the original here (suitable for a nice desktop).

The Antares did launch successfully today. Nice launch too, although I admit to doing the same thing as the last launch: as the Antares first leaves the pad, I’m saying ” come on, come on – get up there you can do it”. There is a (short) time where it looks like the rocket is just able to lift itself, a short time, yes but long enough to get me wondering! Here’s a replay if you missed it. So far everything looks great with Cygnus.

Now hopefully you got a look at the nice full moon we had. It was really quite spectacular. This full moon was just one of three in a row. Yes! August and September will also have the perigee “Supermoons”.

Here is a NASA ScienceCast video explaining the Supermoons.

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2 thoughts on “Antares and a Supermoon

  1. Nice video explaining ‘super moons’, although it was the link for the Antares lift off that sent me to the super moon video. No problem if one goes to the NASA site to see the big image of the moon and rocket, the lift off can be found there in the multimedia menu.

    Always enjoy your astronomy news,

    • Oh no! Did I get the links backwards? I’ll check it out.

      Edit: I do remember, I put the wrong link in and knew it, was going to change it and forgot. It’s fixed now. Thanks!

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