"Mercury's moon." March 31, 2012. It's a small bright spot in the discovery image, taken yesterday by the MESSENGER wide angle camera. The moon is about 70 m (230 ft) in diameter, orbiting Mercury at a mean distance of 14,300 km (8,890 miles). The name Caduceus, after the staff carried by the Roman god Mercury, is proposed to the IAU. (Credit: NASA) APRIL FOOL! Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

"Mercury's moon." March 31, 2012. It's a small bright spot in the discovery image, taken yesterday by the MESSENGER wide angle camera. The moon is about 70 m (230 ft) in diameter, orbiting Mercury at a mean distance of 14,300 km (8,890 miles). The name Caduceus, after the staff carried by the Roman god Mercury, is proposed to the IAU. (Credit: NASA) APRIL FOOL! Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

Chris Hadfield's grand April Fools' Day finale shows him posing with an alien that just stopped by the station to say hi. "I don't know what it is or what it wants, but it keeps repeating 'Sloof Lirpa' over and over. Alert the press." (April 1, 2013) Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

Chris Hadfield's grand April Fools' Day finale shows him posing with an alien that just stopped by the station to say hi. "I don't know what it is or what it wants, but it keeps repeating 'Sloof Lirpa' over and over. Alert the press." (April 1, 2013) Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

New Lunar Grazing Module (LGM), “a multi-purpose celestial bovine containment system” according to APOD. APOD admits that there aren't any plans to launch cows into space, So maybe that “the cow jumped over the Moon” story was an April Fool. Supposedly, it's an art work named "Mooooonwalk" on display at a popular science museum, but which one? (Image Credit & Copyright: Robert Nemiroff) Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

New Lunar Grazing Module (LGM), “a multi-purpose celestial bovine containment system” according to APOD. APOD admits that there aren't any plans to launch cows into space, So maybe that “the cow jumped over the Moon” story was an April Fool. Supposedly, it's an art work named "Mooooonwalk" on display at a popular science museum, but which one? (Image Credit & Copyright: Robert Nemiroff) Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

Graphic of April Fool's Day asteroid 's orbit. 2012 EG5 came closer to the Earth than the Moon, but there was no danger of its hitting us.

April Fools' Day asteroid zips close by Earth

Graphic of April Fool's Day asteroid 's orbit. 2012 EG5 came closer to the Earth than the Moon, but there was no danger of its hitting us.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield holds up two objects that look like grenades as part of an April Fools' Day prank. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency/Chris Hadfield ) April 1, 2013.  (They're actual air sampling devices.) Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield holds up two objects that look like grenades as part of an April Fools' Day prank. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency/Chris Hadfield ) April 1, 2013. (They're actual air sampling devices.) Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

On April 1, 2004 Children's BBC announced that astronomers had decided to rename the planets in the Solar System after characters from the Lord of the Rings. Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

On April 1, 2004 Children's BBC announced that astronomers had decided to rename the planets in the Solar System after characters from the Lord of the Rings. Mona Evans, "Astronomy April Fools" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art183019.asp

How the Moon Was Made: Lunar Evolution Explained (Infographic) By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist

How the Moon Was Made: Lunar Evolution Explained (Infographic) By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist

A Black hole spewing its energy deep into space. Its called a gamma ray burst. Awesome.

Higgs Boson Discovered: CERN conference reports Higgs evidence is overwhelming

A Black hole spewing its energy deep into space. Its called a gamma ray burst. Awesome.

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