A huge cave discovered on the moon could be a home base for astronauts

Scientists have found a massive cave beneath the moon's surface that could be used as a base for astronauts. 

Discovered by Japan’s Selenological and Engineering Explorer probe, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency confirmed the presence of the hole using radio waves. 

They say that the chasm is 310 miles long and appears to contain ice or water deposits that could be used for fuel. 

The cave was found on the moon area known as the Marius Hills that Jaxa believes is an old lava tube created 3.5 billion years ago.  

Scientists say the cave could protect astronauts from extreme temperatures and radiation from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

The discovery may even push countries to send astronauts to the moon quicker than expected and almost 50 years after the Apollo 11 mission.

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According to a statement from NASA, the next time super moon will be this close will be on 25 November 2034. (Photo by Soner Kilinc/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

November: Beaver Moon, Frost Moon

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December: Cold Moon, Long Night's Moon

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January: Wolf Moon, Old Moon

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February: Snow Moon, Hunger Moon

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March: Worm Moon, Sap Moon, Crow Moon

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April: Pink Moon, Grass Moon, Fish Moon

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May: Flower Moon, Planting Moon

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June: Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon

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July: Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Hay Moon

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August: Sturgeon Moon, Red Moon

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September: Harvest Moon, Corn Moon

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October: Hunter's Moon

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Bonus: A 'blue moon' happens when the moon rises in its full stage twice during the same month.

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