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Stargazers looking up at the night sky this weekend will be able to get a glimpse of what’s called a Hunter’s Moon and two other planets. 

The full moon will be its biggest and brightest once it rises past trees and houses at around 12 midnight Saturday night into Sunday morning.

NASA could miss a 2024 deadline set by the White House to land humans on the moon. Funding is at the heart of the delay.

The countdown has begun. It's T-minus a month or so until the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 — and humanity's first and famous steps on another world.

The moon will travel into Earth's shadow early next week.

Overnight from Sunday into Monday, North Americans will have a prime view of a total lunar eclipse.

That's one giant leap for China.

China state television announced Thursday that China's Chang'e 4 lunar explorer, which launched in early December, "became the first ever probe to soft-land on the far side of the moon." The probe touched down at 10:26 Beijing time, the China Global Television Network said.

Next U.S. Moon Landing Will Be By Private Companies, Not NASA

Nov 30, 2018
NASA

America's next moon landing will be made by private companies — not NASA.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Thursday that nine U.S. companies will compete to deliver experiments to the lunar surface. The space agency will buy the service and let private industry work out the details on getting there, he said.

Starting this semester, the Colorado School of Mines is offering the world's first degree programs in Space Resources — essentially mining in outer space.

It's not just academic institutions like the School of Mines taking note; a small but growing number of startups expect this to be very big business sooner than a lot of us might think.

UCF Team Wants To Mine The Moon

Feb 2, 2018

Private companies want to mine the moon for water and a team at the University of Central Florida is helping them figure out just how to do that.

Planetary scientists are pretty confident there’s water on the moon and private companies like United Launch Alliance want to jump-start the mining process. Water is an important resource in space because its chemical composition can be split into hydrogen and oxygen, which could then be turned into rocket fuel.

Vice President Mike Pence promised to return Americans to the moon during his visit Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center. Pence touted a commitment to returning to the moon, and putting humans on Mars under the leadership of President Trump.

“We will return our nation to the moon. We will go to Mars, and we will go still further to places that our children’s children can only imagine.”

Full Moon, Comet In Night Show This Weekend

Feb 9, 2017
Caribbean moonlight at El Colony Hotel on the Isla de la Juventud
Steve Newborn / WUSF News

A full moon and comet share double billing in a special night sky show this weekend.