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Molten Blobs Create Moon Flashes

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 07:51:38 -0500
Archived: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 07:51:38 -0500
Subject: Molten Blobs Create Moon Flashes

Source: ScienceNews.Org


Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Molten Blobs Create Moon Flashes
Mysterious lunar lights are the superhot remains of meteorites
pelting the surface
By Nadia Drake

Meteorites colliding with the moon sometimes set off tiny lights
dancing across its surface. Now scientists think they know what
powers these lunar lightbulbs, in the absence of any atmosphere
that would otherwise set incoming meteors ablaze: The flashes
result from superhot material kicked up by the tiny objects
striking the moon’s surface.

"You have just a small piece of cometary material or asteroid,
about 10 centimeters, that can do a very bright flash visible
from the Earth," says study coauthor Sylvain Bouley, a planetary
scientist at the Paris Observatory.

The study, which will appear in March in Icarus, settles an old
debate about where the twinkling lunar lights come from.
Observed for more than half a millennium, lunar impacts occur
hundreds of times each year. Meteor showers, like the Leonids in
November, can dump as many as 20 objects on the moon in one

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