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Far Side of the Moon - Lunar Enigmasby Tim R. Swartz
Posted: 01:30 May 31, 2007
Our bodies are tuned to its passage, and our calendars to its phases. Next to the sun, no other object in the heavens has played such an important role for mankind as the moon.
It is our closest celestial neighbor and has been the inspiration of lovers and poets for countless generations. It has been the source of spiritual awakenings and the earliest of religious beliefs. Some have even credited the moon as being crucial for the development of life on Earth.
It has been extensively studied and photographed, yet, even after six manned moon missions, there is still more that we do not know about the moon than what we do know. There is even a debate among scientists on whether the moon is a true satellite, and even refers to the Earth-Moon system as a "double planet."
We do know that the moon is one-sixth the size of the Earth; it is about 4.5 billion years old; it is approximately 238,000 miles distant from the Earth; it has a thin atmosphere made up of a highly dispersed collection of molecules believed to originate from the release of gases from within the Moon by moonquakes and the loosening of molecules from the surface by the impact of molecules from the solar wind. It is widely thought that the moon has no water, though there have been hints of ice within craters near the poles. Unlike the Earth, the moon has no magnetic field. However, some rocks brought back from the Apollo missions have a preserved magnetism in them. One explanation for this is that the Moon had an ancient magnetic field that somehow disappeared after the old lunar rocks had formed.
The origins of the moon have been hotly debated among scientists for years. The theory of the day holds that in the early days of the solar system, our moon may have formed from matter ejected from the Earth after a collision with a wandering celestial body the size of Mars. Others say that the moon was formed independently from the same cloud of dust and gas as the Earth, and immediately became the Earth's natural satellite. Another theory holds that the moon originated somewhere else in space and was captured by the Earth.
Strange Things on the Moon
The one thing that all scientists do agree on is that the moon is, and always has been, devoid of life of any kind. It is an extremely hostile, sterile environment, with withering radiation from the sun, and extremes in temperature that range from broiling hot in the sun, to freezing cold at night.
Nevertheless, the moon is far from inactive. Unexplained lights and shapes seen on the Moon are a classic example of an enigma called Transient Lunar Phenomena (TLP), and skywatchers have been intrigued by them since the earliest times.