Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Mysterious flashes of light observed on the moon’s surface

Not a new phenomena but also consistent with static charges in what is a near vacuum. Throw in continuous bombardment by micro meteorites and this is what we would expect.  Recall florescent tubes please.  Thus we have ample natural explanations and only lack direct close up observation to distinguish causation.
We are now entering a new era of close observation with Chia's own moon rover.  A lot more can be sent and now it is even cheap enough and it is inspiring to a billion school children.
All good.
Mysterious flashes of light observed on the moon’s surface

Jasper Hamill
 Friday 31 May 2019 5:41 pm

Something strange is happening on the moon (Image: Getty) have launched a bid to observe and understand mysterious flashes of light on the surface of the moon.

The ‘transient luminous lunar phenomena’ occur several times a week and illuminate parts of the moon’s landscape for a brief period of time before disappearing.

Sometimes, a reverse effect which causes the lunar surface to darken has also been observed.

Although there are several theories about the lunar mystery lights’ origins, they have not yet been fully explained.

Now astronomers from Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) in Bavaria, Germany have set up a telescope which will use artificial intelligence to automatically detect the flashes.

When a burst of light is spotted, the telescope will then collect video or photographs of the phenomena which will be studied to help scientists understand the flashes.

Professor Hakan Kayal next to his moon telescope. (Image: Tobias Greiner / Universität Würzburg)‘The so-called transient lunar phenomena have been known since the 1950s, but they have not been sufficiently systematically and long-term observed,’ said Hakan Kayal, professor of space technology.

Kayal has a hypothesis about what’s causing the longer-lasting flashes and hopes to prove this theory.

‘Seismic activities were also observed on the moon,’ the professor added.

‘When the surface moves, gases that reflect sunlight could escape from the interior of the moon. This would explain the luminous phenomena, some of which last for hours.’

However, there is currently no explanation for the briefer flashes.

‘Science does not know exactly how these phenomena occur on the moon. But it has attempted to explain them: the impact of a meteor, for example, should cause a brief glow,’ the university said in a statement.

‘Such flashes could also occur when electrically charged particles of the solar wind react with moon dust.’

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