Video: Here's what it's like to orbit the moon in real time

Artist Seán Doran recently created more than eight hours of high-definition video using images captured by Japan's SELENE lunar orbiter.

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  • In 2007, Japan's SELENE lunar orbiter, better known as Kaguya, became the first orbiter to capture high-definition images of the moon.
  • Kaguya's images helped scientists create a highly detailed topography of the lunar surface.
  • Artist Seán Doran synthesized and polished the Kaguya images to simulate what it's like to orbit the moon in real time.
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New radar tech takes unbelievably detailed moon images from Earth

Radar astronomy is nothing new, but a new transmitter may give us unprecedented image resolution.

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  • A new, high-resolution image of the moon has been produced using radar astronomy.
  • Objects as small as five meters wide are clearly visible.
  • The image was part of a proof of concept test — a larger transmitter may soon be built.
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Study finds surprising link between the Moon and methane leaks in the Arctic

Researchers from Norway discover that the Moon's tides influence the release of methane from the ocean floor.

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  • Sensitive instruments reveal methane beneath the Arctic Ocean for the first time.
  • The gas is released in cycles that correspond to the tides.
  • Rising warming oceans may help to contain the greenhouse gas.
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Scientists discover why fish evolved limbs and left water

Researchers find a key clue to the evolution of bony fish and tetrapods.

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  • A new study says solar and lunar tide impacts led to the evolution of bony fish and tetrapods.
  • The scientists show that tides created tidal pools, stranding fish and forcing them to get out of the water.
  • The researchers ran computer simulations to get their results.
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NASA finds water on sunlit moon surface for first time

Water may be far more abundant on the lunar surface than previously thought.

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  • Scientists have long thought that water exists on the lunar surface, but it wasn't until 2018 that ice was first discovered on the moon.
  • A study published Monday used NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy to confirm the presence of molecular water.
  • A second study suggests that shadowy regions on the lunar surface may also contain more ice than previously thought.
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