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Mysterious movement on the moon puzzles scientists

The moon is actually considered a dead, geologically inactive celestial body. But a new study has discovered mysterious movements on the Earth's satellite.

The large, basalt-filled lunar seas and lava caves indicate that volcanoes that were active a long time ago could be found on our earth satellite. The complete opposite is true today. The interior has long since frozen and cooled. At least that's the general assumption.

Moon Nasa Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory

Scientists report in the journal "Geology" of mysterious movements on the moon. Evidence of this is provided by striking patterns of cracks and steep steps, which are also warmer than the rest of the surface, as confirmed by thermal imaging cameras. In addition, there is no moon dust.

Magma could still be active

Moon Tectonics
Infrared (upper left) and other images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter show spots on the moon with ridges and no regolith. These observations could be evidence that there is active tectonic activity on the moon today.  (Image credit: NASA)

Researchers at the University of Bern and Brown University have now examined the wrinkles and what caused them. They specifically analyzed the infrared data of the lunar surface that a NASA spacecraft had collected. It was noticed that the spots emit measurably more infrared radiation even during the cold moon night. This suggests that the faults must be young and active.

The scientists at Brown University state: "This makes us suspect that we are seeing an ongoing process here that is driven by processes in the interior of the moon." Magma inside could still actually cause fractures in the rock and the plates on the moon to be moved.

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