Strange swirls on the moon may be created by dips in the surface

We don’t know what causes strange bright features on the moon called lunar swirls, but a new analysis has discovered surprising hints that they are found where the ground is lower

Space



23 March 2022

Photo taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter camera showing the swirl region within Mare Ingenii

NASA/GSFC/ASU

Strange bright patterns on the moon’s surface called lunar swirls don’t seem to be simply draped across the ground, as researchers thought, but instead correlate with topographical changes. This means they may be more complicated than we realised.

The swirls, which resemble cream being stirred into coffee, range in size from a few metres across to more than 50 kilometres, and they have been spotted all over the surface of the moon. But their nature …

Reference-www.newscientist.com

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