Social Media Sidebar

Announcement

Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

'By far the greatest danger of Artificial Intelligence is that people conclude too early that they understand it'

 

Eliezer Yudkowsky

Dust Cloud Helps to Explain a 50-Year Moon Mystery

RATE THIS! +24
Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2015 06:38 PM by AlexMuller

In the late 1960s, NASA sent a series of unmanned Surveyor spacecrafts to the Moon and encountered a mystery: Viewed from certain angles before sunrise, part of the Moon's horizon seems to glow. Why's this weird? Because with the moon having barely any atmosphere, there's seemingly nothing that could be doing the glowing.

 
Later, during the Apollo missions, Moon-walking and orbiting astronauts also reported the same inexplicable phenomenon. They took notes and snapped photos. And before the three members of Apollo 17, the last men to walk the Moon, left for Earth, they even sketched the glow, trying to make sense of the mystery.
 
Today, a team of astrophysicists led by Mihály Horányi at the University of Colorado, Boulder, has come as close as we've ever been to explaining the mysterious phenomenon. Thanks to the the recently launched lunar orbiter LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) the team has discovered that an a incredibly thin but ever-present cloud of dust that hangs over part of the Moon.
 
It's the first lunar dust cloud ever discovered. Horányi's discovery lends credence to our best theory explaining the lunar glow: that it's caused by sunlight energizing small flakes of floating Moon-dust. 

Tags: moonspaceApolloNASAatmosphereastronomy

Read original article » Back to category

Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-06-19
+1
Mystery phenomenon "moon glow" now has one possible explanation - lunar dust. We have yet to see is this the real answer Reply


 

Recent headlines

  • Posted in Science on 2017-03-22 07:41:30
    'Smallsats' open up new planetary frontier..read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-03-22 07:36:45
    Trump signs NASA funding bill, sets goal of human on Mars..read more
    Posted in Medicine on 2017-03-22 07:30:04
    A Groundbreaking Stem Cell Treatment Just Prevented a.....read more
    Posted in Hardware on 2017-03-21 18:16:58
    Improved materials for interfacing neural tissue with.....read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-03-21 18:11:10
    SpaceX to make history by re-flying orbital rocket..read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 Downloads..read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into new.....read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs,.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short Sighted..read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, but.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target mitochondria..read more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    Intensive medical treatment can reverse type 2 diabetes..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Daily consumption of tea protects the elderly from cognitive.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    New analysis method of metabolites accurately predicts whether.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Unproven stem cell 'therapy' blinds three patients at Florida.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Indigenous South American group has healthiest arteries of all.....read more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Username:
Password:
Remember me
or

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Username:
Email:
Password:
Verify password:
Remember me