Video: The phases of the Moon in 2018

A cool video from NASA showing the phases of the Moon for every hour throughout 2018:

This 4K visualization shows the Moon’s phase and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2018, as viewed from the Northern Hemisphere. Two ‘supermoons’ will ring in the New Year on Jan. 1, 2018 and Jan. 31, 2018.

Each frame represents one hour. In addition, this visualization shows the moon’s orbit position, sub-Earth and subsolar points, distance from the Earth at true scale, and labels of craters near the terminator.

More from the caption:

Southern hemisphere version:…

Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/David Ladd (USRA)

Ernie Wright (USRA): Lead Visualizer
John Keller (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Noah Petro (NASA/GSFC): Scientist

Music Credits: Killer Tracks: “Illuminating” – Kelly McCollough. “Touching Clouds” – Kelly Mccullough.

This video is public domain and along with other supporting visualizations can be downloaded from the Scientific Visualization Studio at:

Waxing gibbous. Visible to the southeast in early evening, up for most of the night. NASA Scientific Visualization Studio.


Videos: Space highlights of 2017 and expectations for 2018

** 2017 Highlights – The Planetary Post with Robert Picardo – “Watch Robert Picardo and friends in the best moments and funniest mess-ups from The Planetary Post in 2017.”

** 2018 previews:

** Elon Musk and SpaceX: Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) by Dr. Robert Zubrin – Dr. Zubrin, co-founder and President of the Mars Society, reviews SpaceX’s BFR and discusses other space developments in 2017 and what will happen in 2018:

** Most Liked NASA Instagram Images of 2017

** Happy New Year from Space!


Sci-Tech Video: Uber’s self-driving cars have improved with experience

An interesting update on Uber’s testing in Pittsburgh of self-driving cars: While Uber Burns, Its Self-Driving Car Project Carries On | WIRED


In another machine-learning uptick, check out the samples of computer generated speech using algorithms developed by Google researchers:


Videos: Top ISS earth images of 2017 and other space sights

Some space eye candy:

** Top 17 Earth Images of 2017 taken by crew members of the International Space Station:

** The Earth: 4k Extended Edition with soundtrack.

** Colorful water in microgravity

** A review of the Juno mission at Jupiter:

** The SpaceX Falcon 9 Iridium 4 launch with music


The Space Show this week – Dec.25.2017

The guests and topics of discussion on The Space Show this week:

1. Monday, Dec. 25, 2017: 2-3:30 PM PST (4-5:30 PM CST, 5-6:30 PM EST): No show today due to Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone.

2. Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017: 7-8:30 PM PST, 10-11:30 PM EST, 9-10:30 PM CST: We welcome back Kim Holder of Moonwards for 2017 updates and a look ahead for Moonwards in 2018.

3. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2017: Hotel Mars. See Upcoming Show Menu and the website newsletter for details. Hotel Mars is pre-recorded by John Batchelor. It is archived on The Space Show site after John posts it on his website.

4. Friday, Dec.29, 2017; 9:30 AM-11 AM PST, (12:30 -2 PM EST; 11:30 AM-1 PM CST) We welcome back Tom Olson for his annual space year in review program.

5. Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017: 12-1:30 PM PST; 2-4:30 PM EST; 2-3:30 PM CST. Welcome to our 2018 Space Show New Year’s resolution program. Let us know your space related New Year’s resolution and what you plan to do to keep your resolution.

See also:
* The Space Show on Vimeo – webinar videos
* The Space Show’s Blog – summaries of interviews.
* The Space Show Classroom Blog – tutorial programs

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