Why the Far Side of the Moon is so Different from the Near Side?
June 21, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

When you come see our giant scale model Moon and walk around it, you’ll notice how different the near side (which always faces us) is from the far side (which we never see). Large, dark lava flows called ‘maria’ cover almost a third (31.2%) of the near side but only 1% of the far side. […]

Mapping The Moon: Who picked all those crater names?
May 24, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Our replica Moon has been on display for about a month now. As I helped create the information panels labeling craters and maria on the Moon, I found myself wondering, “Why does this particular crater have that name?” “Who picked the names anyway?” As it turns out, the names of features on the Moon are […]

The Moon Has Landed At HMNS! Or At Least A Giant, Realistic Replica Has…
April 26, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

We are pleased to present our newest exhibit, a scale model of the Moon just in time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of our Apollo missions! Without the moon, life on Earth as we know it would not exist. Our moon is unusually large for a planet Earth’s size. (Other moons of similar size in […]

HMNS Stargazer’s Guide To The Perseid Meteor Shower And Other Celestial Happenings This Month
August 3, 2018 · 1 Comment

The Summer Triangle is high overhead at dusk.  This consists of the brightest stars in Cygnus, Lyra, and Aquila.  Scorpius, the Scorpion, is in the south, with the ‘teapot’ of Sagittarius to his left.  From the Big Dipper’s handle, ‘arc to Arcturus’ and ‘speed on to Spica’ in the southwest.  Saturn is between Scorpius and […]

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