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Milan’s moon — The crescent moon rises behind two statues on the Milan’s gothic cathedral known as the Duomo, in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

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Milan’s moon — The crescent moon rises behind two statues on the Milan’s gothic cathedral known as the Duomo, in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

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Japan’s plan to solve the world’s energy problems: Turn the moon into a giant solar panel
A Japanese construction company is proposing to solve the energy problems facing Japan, and ultimately the entire planet, by turning the Moon into a solar power plant.
Shimizu Corp, which is based in Tokyo, wants to lay a belt of solar panels 350 kilometres wide around the equator of the Moon and relay the resulting constant supply of energy to “receiving stations” on Earth by laser or microwave transmission.
The proposed “Luna Ring” would be capable of sending 13,000 terawatts of power to Earth. In 2011, the United States generated just 4,100 terawatts of power, the company says. (Photo: Shimizu Corporation)

Japan’s plan to solve the world’s energy problems: Turn the moon into a giant solar panel

A Japanese construction company is proposing to solve the energy problems facing Japan, and ultimately the entire planet, by turning the Moon into a solar power plant.

Shimizu Corp, which is based in Tokyo, wants to lay a belt of solar panels 350 kilometres wide around the equator of the Moon and relay the resulting constant supply of energy to “receiving stations” on Earth by laser or microwave transmission.

The proposed “Luna Ring” would be capable of sending 13,000 terawatts of power to Earth. In 2011, the United States generated just 4,100 terawatts of power, the company says. (Photo: Shimizu Corporation)

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The night of the full moon over Washington and Tokyo. We added a photo of early morning sun rising over the U.S. Capitol building, for good measure. :)

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Full moon flight — A airlines jet plane approaching Los Angeles International Airport crosses the moon as seen from Palm Park in Whittier, Ca., on Monday Aug. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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Full moon flight — A airlines jet plane approaching Los Angeles International Airport crosses the moon as seen from Palm Park in Whittier, Ca., on Monday Aug. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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Summer School: Tips for the backyard astronomer
Throughout the summer, the National Post will be taking readers back to school with week-long lessons on a series of subject ranging from backyard astronomy to playground aerodynamics and beyond. In today’s first stargazing class: how to get the most out of the night sky without fleeing the city. 

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Controlling cosmic tides in Lune

By Matthew O’Mara

When you think about it, the Moon is pretty mystifying.

At a quarter the size of the Earth, our closest celestial body controls our tides, lights up our nights, and inspires poetry with its beauty. It hangs above our heads in a steady orbit revolving around us as we revolve around the sun.

Think about the amazing journey of the human race that culminated landing on its surface in 1969, and even if we understand how it came to be, there’s something magical about it hanging there.

“When the idea of making a game about the moon came up, we didn’t really know where we were headed,” Léonard Carpentier, project manager of Lune, said in an interview with  Post Arcade.

“We brainstormed a lot and eventually the idea of using the gravitational pull of the Moon was suggested.”

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Supermoon shines bright across the world
Stargazers are still abuzz over the biggest and brightest full moon of the year, which graced the skies over the weekend.

The so-called supermoon appeared up to 14% larger than normal as our celestial neighbour swung closer to Earth, reaching its closest distance early. 

(Photos: AP Photo/Nick Ut; Christopher Polk/Getty Images; AP Photo/Chris O’Meara; AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Kyle Green; JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

How the U.S. and Carl Sagan planned to nuke the moonthe late 1950s, the Untied States was losing the space race. The U.S.S.R. put the first satellite in orbit and successfully completed the first manned space flight. The U.S. needed something to prove it could compete with the Soviet superpower.So it decided to nuke the moon.Project A119, also titled “A Study of Lunar Research Flights,” was actually a plan to detonate a nuclear warhead on the lunar surface. The U.S. officials behind the plan hoped it would scare the Soviets and enthuse the American people. (AFP-Getty Images/Handout)

How the U.S. and Carl Sagan planned to nuke the moon
the late 1950s, the Untied States was losing the space race. The U.S.S.R. put the first satellite in orbit and successfully completed the first manned space flight. The U.S. needed something to prove it could compete with the Soviet superpower.

So it decided to nuke the moon.

Project A119, also titled “A Study of Lunar Research Flights,” was actually a plan to detonate a nuclear warhead on the lunar surface. The U.S. officials behind the plan hoped it would scare the Soviets and enthuse the American people. (AFP-Getty Images/Handout)

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Deep-space station on the far side of the Moon could be NASA’s next big project: reportAs part of NASA’s plan to send missions past low-Earth orbit, the U.S. agency is considering plans which would see a long-term manned space station on the far side of the moon. The station would be stationed at the “L2 gateway” or Lagrangian point 2 on the Moon’s dark side. The news came out of a report from Space.com, when the website contacted “insiders” from NASA. (APOLLO 16/NASA)

Deep-space station on the far side of the Moon could be NASA’s next big project: report
As part of NASA’s plan to send missions past low-Earth orbit, the U.S. agency is considering plans which would see a long-term manned space station on the far side of the moon. The station would be stationed at the “L2 gateway” or Lagrangian point 2 on the Moon’s dark side. The news came out of a report from Space.com, when the website contacted “insiders” from NASA. (APOLLO 16/NASA)

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Venus, Jupiter, Moon set to light up the sky this weekendAfter the moon, Venus and Jupiter are the brightest objects in the night sky.  On February 25 and 26, the three get especially cozy at sunset, the  planets converging with the crescent moon in a configuration NASA describes as “a slender heavenly triangle,” “so close that you can hide them together behind your outstretched palm.”

Venus, Jupiter, Moon set to light up the sky this weekend
After the moon, Venus and Jupiter are the brightest objects in the night sky. On February 25 and 26, the three get especially cozy at sunset, the planets converging with the crescent moon in a configuration NASA describes as “a slender heavenly triangle,” “so close that you can hide them together behind your outstretched palm.”

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Gingrich promises permanent moon base ‘by the end of my second term’Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich is promising to colonize the moon.Speaking in Florida, hit hard by the loss of a large number of space-affiliated jobs, Mr. Gingrich said Wednesday that if elected, “By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American.”He said he believed such a project was possible with commercial and private efforts. According to USA Today, Mr. Gingrich said he had “a romantic belief it is really part of our destiny,” adding that the current state of the space program was a “tragedy.” (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Gingrich promises permanent moon base ‘by the end of my second term’
Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich is promising to colonize the moon.

Speaking in Florida, hit hard by the loss of a large number of space-affiliated jobs, Mr. Gingrich said Wednesday that if elected, “By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American.”

He said he believed such a project was possible with commercial and private efforts. According to USA Today, Mr. Gingrich said he had “a romantic belief it is really part of our destiny,” adding that the current state of the space program was a “tragedy.” (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

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NASA probes enter lunar orbit, ready to map Moon’s gravityTwo robotic probes began orbiting the moon Sunday in preparation for an unprecedented mission to map the lunar interior.NASA’s twin Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, spacecraft wrapped up 2.6-million-mile journey to put themselves into lunar orbit on Saturday and Sunday.Over the next two months, the probes’ 34-mile-high orbits will be adjusted to get them into optimal position to measure the pushes and pulls of the moon’s gravity, data that scientists can use to model what is inside the moon.“Pop the bubbly and toast the moon,” NASA wrote on its Twitter feed after the first GRAIL spacecraft finished a 40-minute braking maneuver at 5 p.m. ET on New Year’s Eve. (Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout/Reuters)

NASA probes enter lunar orbit, ready to map Moon’s gravity
Two robotic probes began orbiting the moon Sunday in preparation for an unprecedented mission to map the lunar interior.

NASA’s twin Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, spacecraft wrapped up 2.6-million-mile journey to put themselves into lunar orbit on Saturday and Sunday.

Over the next two months, the probes’ 34-mile-high orbits will be adjusted to get them into optimal position to measure the pushes and pulls of the moon’s gravity, data that scientists can use to model what is inside the moon.

“Pop the bubbly and toast the moon,” NASA wrote on its Twitter feed after the first GRAIL spacecraft finished a 40-minute braking maneuver at 5 p.m. ET on New Year’s Eve. (Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout/Reuters)

What is the moon made of? NASA seeks to find outTwo robotic NASA probes are due to arrive at the moon this weekend to resolve a long-standing mystery of what is inside Earth’s natural satellite and how it got there.The 303-kilogram craft of the U.S. space agency’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, mission have been flying to the moon since their joint launch in September. (Photo: Apollo 16/NASA)GRAIL A is due to begin a 40-minute braking maneuver to put itself into orbit around the moon at 4:21 p.m. ET on Saturday, with GRAIL B following suit 25 hours later. Both are needed for the intricate gravity-mapping mission scheduled to begin in March.

What is the moon made of? NASA seeks to find out
Two robotic NASA probes are due to arrive at the moon this weekend to resolve a long-standing mystery of what is inside Earth’s natural satellite and how it got there.

The 303-kilogram craft of the U.S. space agency’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, mission have been flying to the moon since their joint launch in September. (Photo: Apollo 16/NASA)

GRAIL A is due to begin a 40-minute braking maneuver to put itself into orbit around the moon at 4:21 p.m. ET on Saturday, with GRAIL B following suit 25 hours later. Both are needed for the intricate gravity-mapping mission scheduled to begin in March.

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Photos of the day A Russian Soyuz TMA-21 space capsule carrying International Space Station (ISS) crew members U.S. astronaut Ron Garan and Russian cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev, descends in Kazakhstan, Sept. 16, 2011. (Sergei Ilnitsky/Reuters)

Photos of the day
A Russian Soyuz TMA-21 space capsule carrying International Space Station (ISS) crew members U.S. astronaut Ron Garan and Russian cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev, descends in Kazakhstan, Sept. 16, 2011. (Sergei Ilnitsky/Reuters)