Rare Blue Moon of August 2021 rises tonight. Here's what to expect.
The August full moon, also known as the "Sturgeon Moon," reaches its peak Sunday morning at 8:02 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT). It is also considered a seasonal Blue Moon because it is the third full moon to occur in a single season that has four full moons.space.com
Apollo landers, Neil Armstrong’s bootprint and other human artifacts on Moon officially protected by new US law
On Dec. 31, the One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act became law. However, it is also the first law enacted by any nation that recognizes the existence of human heritage in outer space. I believe that the One Small Step Act, enacted in a divisive political environment, demonstrates that space and preservation truly are nonpartisan, even unifying principles. The One Small Step Act is true to its name. It’s a small step.space.com
Rare Halloween blue moon will be visible for first time in 76 years
This year, a blue moon will fall on Halloween -- and it’s the first blue moon we’ll experience since the last one on March 31, 2018. A blue moon, in case you’re wondering, isn’t blue in color at all — unless you’re talking about the other blue moon, which we’ll fill you in on shortly. A blue moon, by the most popular definition, according to meteorologist Paul Gross, is when two full moons appear in a single month. “We will have full moons on Oct. 1 and 31, so that means that we’ll have a blue moon on Halloween,” Gross said. The full moon to follow on the last day of the month then becomes a Halloween blue moon.
Does a ‘blue moon’ actually exist?
Most people have heard the phrase, “once in a blue moon” when referring to something that doesn’t happen very often. But an actual blue moon is traditionally defined as the second full moon to happen in a single calendar month, and usually doesn’t have anything to do with the actual color of the moon. In this case, our second full moon, and now blue moon, will be on Halloween night. According to earthsky.org, that will happen next in the year 2048, when a monthly blue moon falls on Jan. 31, and a seasonal blue moon on Aug. 23. If you’re wondering, the next seasonal blue moon will be August 22, 2021.
NASA awards contracts to Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk to land astronauts on the moon
Teams led by Blue Origin, SpaceX and Dynetics won awards under NASA's Human Landing Systems program. NASA awarded the Blue Origin team with $579 million, the Dynetics team with $253 million and SpaceX with $135 million. That's a task President Donald Trump gave NASA in 2017, when he directed the agency to accelerate its efforts and land humans on the lunar surface. Blue Origin had previously unveiled its lunar lander concept, called Blue Moon. Blue OriginThe Blue Origin team's design would launch on multiple rockets, including the company's New Glenn or United Launch Alliance Vulcan.cnbc.com
Jeff Bezos lost about $7 billion on Thursday
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announces Blue Moon, a lunar landing vehicle for the Moon, during a Blue Origin event in Washington, DC, May 9, 2019. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world's richest person, just lost a fortune in a single evening. Amazon reported third-quarter earnings Thursday that disappointed investors and sent Amazon stock spiraling down as much as 9% in after hours trading. For Bezos, who owns 57,610,359 shares of Amazon, according to the most recent SEC filing, that means a loss of nearly $6.9 billion. If this evening's losses hold through tomorrow's market close, Bezos will lose his title as world's richest person to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.cnbc.com
Bezos unveils Blue Origin will work on lunar lander with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman & Draper
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announces Blue Moon, a lunar landing vehicle for the Moon, during a Blue Origin event in Washington, DC, May 9, 2019. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and space venture Blue Origin, unveiled plans on Tuesday for his company to work with industry giants Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper to build a human-capable lunar landing system. "We have put together a national team to go back to the moon," Bezos said, speaking at the 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington, D.C. Blue Origin is the group's prime contractor, leading the program's management and mission assurance. Bezos' company will also provide its lunar lander, called Blue Moon.cnbc.com
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has kept the same message to Wall Street for 22 years
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announces Blue Moon, a lunar landing vehicle for the Moon, during a Blue Origin event in Washington, DC, May 9, 2019. Jeff Bezos has gone through a lot of changes since Amazon's IPO in 1997 most notably in his appearance and level of wealth. That approach, which Bezos touted in his first letter to investors 22 years ago, was made abundantly clear this week in Amazon's second-quarter earnings report. Amazon beat Wall Street estimates on revenue but missed on profit, mostly because of increased spending across the board, a pattern that's continuing. "The investment will be stepping up in 2019," Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky said during the earnings call on Thursday.cnbc.com
Wall Street expects Amazon's big investment in one-day delivery to pay off in earnings report after the bell
After spending $800 million in recent months to speed up package delivery, Amazon is seeing some signs of growth acceleration, at least from the first quarter. In Amazon's second-quarter earnings report, set to hit after Thursday's closing bell, analysts expect revenue of $62.5 billion, up 18.1% from the year-earlier period, according to Refinitiv's analyst consensus estimates. At well over $200 billion in annualized revenue, Amazon is already the fifth-biggest U.S. company by sales. In the first quarter, Amazon reported $3.6 billion in net income and operating profit of $4.4 billion. John Blackledge of Cowen estimates one-day delivery to bolster Amazon's revenue by up to $2 billion this year.cnbc.com
Up close and personal with the famed "Blue Moon" 12 carat diamond
Up close and personal with the famed "Blue Moon" 12 carat diamond In January, miners found a nearly 30-carat blue diamond in South Africa. It transformed the stone into a flawless 12-carat piece. Cora International CEO Suzette Gomes joins "CBS This Morning" to give an exclusive first look at the diamond.cbsnews.com