A smaller body orbiting a larger, primary body, where the primary body is not a star.

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Phases of the moon video

I am an educator, and I am looking for a specific video. In the video, they ask some middle school students and some college graduates about why the moon has phases. Most of the students in both the ...
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What distinguishes a moon from orbiting space debris? Or in other words, when is a satellite “too small” to be a moon?

The Wikipedia article on Natural Satellites doesn't really give an adequate distinction as to what distinguishes a moon from other orbiting bodies. What I am looking for is a classification that ...
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Does the Earth help stabilize changes in the moon's obliquity as well?

We know that the moon helps stabilize changes in Earth's obliquity. But what about Earth and the moon? Are some of the obliquity-stabilizing effects (of the moon on the Earth) communicated through ...
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How do the day/night temperature variations of moons compare to those of their planets?

Does the planet's eclipse have a significant impact on the flux of light hitting the moon? Does tidal locking have any effect on the day-night difference of the planet?
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Shadow of a Jovian moon over the Great Red Spot

Where can I find pictures of the shadow of any of the Jovian moons partially covering the Great Red Spot? A series of such pictures over time would even be better. The idea is to learn more about the ...
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Why don't we see solar and lunar eclipses often? [duplicate]

Since we see the new moon at least once in a month when the Moon gets in between of the Sun and the Moon at the night and as far as I know if this happens during the day, you'll get to see a solar ...
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Impact location that created the moon

I was reading an article today about the 1000th orbit of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and as many of you know NASA created an animation that simulates the history of the moon. It is speculated ...
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Scientific value of timing total lunar occultations

Is there still scientific value in timing and reporting total lunar occultations? Why would I time total lunar occultations (grazing occultations are out of the question)? When I reported ...
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Stability of moons around tidally locked exoplanets

Can someone send me pointers to work (either theoretical or simulations) showing (in)stability of satellite orbits around tidally locked exoplanets? I want to know firstly if satellite orbits can ...
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How can one predict the length of the Synodic month? Why is it irregular?

I'd like to write a program that uses the exact (down to the second) amount of time from one new moon (or full moon) to the next. Yet, I am told that this period is irregular. Yet, it seems to be ...
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What is a “Trojan Moon”?

Today I read an article about Saturn's moon Helene, and it was described as a "Trojan Moon" but no further explanation was given. It was difficult to even get any context about the term from the ...
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Why does the moon sometimes appear out-of-place?

Quite often I go out in the morning and I'm in Milton Keynes, so I would expect the moon to rise in the east and set in the west. Sometimes at about 2, 3, 4 o’clock in the morning the moon is low in ...
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What gonna happen to beer on the moon?

Let's assume that we have bottle of beer on the Moon. What would happen to it in sunlight? Some cases: Beer can be dark or lager. It can be contained in glass bottle (transparent or dark) or ...
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What causes a ring-like image around light of the moon?

I just encountered an interesting image in sky. As you can see in following images there was a ring-like image around light of the moon. I don't know if it was clouds but it was looking like it is far ...
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Why does the moon look bigger at the horizon? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does the moon sometimes appear giant and a orange red color near the horizon? Why does the moon look bigger at horizon or skyline than at other times e.g. at moonrise ...
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Moon and the moving train

While travelling by train (travelling West to East), it seems the moon is moving in opposite direction when seen from the window, but then it reverses its direction, after a certain amount of time and ...
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Why does the moon appear bigger close to the horizon, rising or setting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does the moon sometimes appear giant and a orange red color near the horizon? I made a little research about this and found this article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Did Aristarchus take the radius of the Earth into account in calculating the distance to the Moon?

My text says that Aristarchus (310 BC – ~230 BC) measured the "angle subtended by the Earth-Moon distance at the Sun" ($\theta$ in the figure below) to establish the relative Earth-Moon and Earth-Sun ...
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Would Titan moon blow up if you light a match?

Given that the atmosphere of Titan is mostly methane, and from a comment on this TED talk... Would it blow up from a lighted match-stick? Seems like it's at least plausible. But, wouldn't the lack of ...
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The theory of moon creation when a Mars size planet hit Earth

As we know the predominant theory where does the moon come from is that a Mars size planet hit the earth and took a chunk out of it which eventually materialized into moon. My question is that if a ...
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Why is Titan able to maintain an atmosphere, and not Luna?

I just read stability of hypothetical lunar atmosphere. From the correct answer, i understand, the low escape velocity from Luna is part of the reason it is unable to retain an atmosphere. Titan ...
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How can the date of lunar eclipses be calculated by hand?

How can the date of lunar eclipses be calculated? Especially without the aid of a computer.
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What was the apparent magnitude of the June 15th 2011 lunar eclipse?

My plan was to observe and estimate the apparent magnitude of the Moon during totality of the June 2011 lunar eclipse, but the clouds rolled in at the exact moment, so I couldn't make any useful ...
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Where does the dust on the moon come from?

From the Apollo missions we know that the moon is covered with dust. Where does it come from? Is it from the erosion of the moon rock? By what? Or by accretion of dust from space? Which comes from ...
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Why can't you see meteors, but you can see comets from the moon?

Why can't you see meteors from the moon and why can you see comets?
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On what planar regions are the Earth, Moon.. for that matter, all astronomical bodies, placed in the Universe?

When we are on Earth, we look UP in the Sky to see the Moon. How do we have to look at Earth from Moon.. Is it the way ? If so, how are these bodies actually placed in the space? Are all astronomical ...
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How to explain the Moon halo phenomenon?

Today, here in Brazil, I have observed (and is still observing) an interesting phenomenon. The Moon is near to a big star in the sky, but this is normal. The interesting part is what's around them. ...
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Moons of the planets

What is the phenomena behind gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn having a large number of moons as compared to other planets. Were the present state moons a part of their parent planet long time ago ?
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Determining Average Tidal Effects

Maximum tidal heights vary widely across the globe, from 16 m in the Bay of Fundy to mere centimeters elsewhere. These variations are due to coastline and shoreline differences. This makes it ...
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Io - Turned inside out

In a lot of the descriptions of the moon Io it frequently states that the moon, because of volcanic activity, has been literally "Turned inside out". What exactly is meant by "Turned inside out" and ...
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What is this shadow of the Sun on the Moon?

I was reading the article Moon Phases on HowStuffWorks. In the picture, each moon has a dark green area which represents the shadow of the Sun. How is this shadow formed and why is this important?
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Was Aristarchos' method to compute Earth-Sun distance ever rediscovered in medieval or modern times?

Ancient Greek astronomer Aristarchos who lived around 300 BC found a method to compute the Eart-Sun distance by applying geometry. In this video about the cosmic distance ladder, at 26:30, Terence ...
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Function to determine Earth-Moon distance vs. time

I had no luck trying to find a function that determines the distance between Earth and Moon versus time. (Moon ground level to Earth sea level) Accuracy: the acceptable time range would be for ...
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How to make a moondial?

A question came up on Outdoors StackExchange, How to tell time at night. I wrote an answer to that question, and in my answer I said that a standard sundial wouldn't work without some fiddling, but ...
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Polar ice deposits on the Moon - dispersed in permafrost loose rubble, or also massive/layered?

Water has been discovered on the Moon with remote sensing methods. Read the press release Diviner results indicate presence of widespread ice on the Moon on the "Diviner" infrared instrument on the ...
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Why is the shadow of earth red?

Reading this article about the forthcoming eclipse on December 10th, I noticed mention that the moon passes through the red shadow of Earth; I'd always held the impression that a shadow is universally ...
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The Orbiting Moon as a Quantum Object

How would the quantum mechanical treatment of the moon as a gravitationally-bound object differ from the usual treatment of the hydrogen atom using Schrödinger's equation? [The earth's gravitational ...