Huge Metallic Mass Under The Moon’s Surface Has Scientists Scratching Their Heads
Huge Metallic Mass Under The Moon’s Surface Has Scientists Scratching Their Heads from Humans Are Free
Astronomers at Baylor University have just found something on the Moon’s largest crater that has left them confused and wondering how exactly it got there in the first place.
According to Futurism.com:
“A team of astronomers found a ‘large excess of mass’ under the Moon’s largest crater, the Aitken basin — likely a relic from an ancient asteroid impact event, but perhaps something much stranger.”
Lead researcher Peter B. James noted:
“Imagine taking a pile of metal five times larger than the Big Island of Hawaii and burying it underground. That’s roughly how much unexpected mass we detected.”
So where exactly did this enormous mass come from? There are two theories, but no solid answers just yet, Phys.org reports:
“The dense mass — whatever it is, wherever it came from’ — is weighing the basin floor downward by more than half a mile, (James) said.
“Computer simulations of large asteroid impacts suggest that, under the right conditions, an iron-nickel core of an asteroid may be dispersed into the upper mantle (the layer between the Moon’s crust and core) during an impact.
“Another possibility is that the large mass might be a concentration of dense oxides associated with the last stage of lunar magma ocean solidification.”
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— Bjørnar ‘cmdr inshadowz’ Haveland (@inshadowz) June 13, 2019
The Moon crater where the anomaly was found is the largest preserved crater in the solar system, making it an object of fascination for astronomers.
Dr. James called the crater basin “one of the best natural laboratories for studying catastrophic impact events, an ancient process that shaped all of the rocky planets and moons we see today.”