You may not get rained on while on the moon, but you just might get hit with a space rock. Space rocks have been crashing into the moon and sending off sparks of light. The flashes of light are not quite like fireworks but they are powerful enough to be seen from Earth. Scientists have been trying to figure out why the flash happens when rock meets moon. Studies have found that the light flashes come from “scorching pieces of material kicked up from the lunar surface after the collisions of the space rocks.” Softball sized pieces of a space rock can create an extremely bright flash that Earth is capable of seeing. A group of scientists not only calculated the sizes of the rocks, but also the speeds at which they moved. These softball sized rocks hit the moon at approximately 161,000 miles/hour or 260,000 kilometers/hour. Impacts of space rocks at those high of speeds can cause part of the rocks and the surface it hit to be vaporized. The vaporization then releases a liquid called melt droplets. These melt droplets are still at a high heat and once they cool, light is produced.
It would be very interesting to see random flashes of light on the moon. Without being told about melt droplets or space rocks I don’t think many could guess what it was. Having scientists like the ones who discovered the cause of the light is what will keep our world going. We will continue to get more and more information from them, and learn from it also. We are blessed to have people willing to go out and gather data for these types of occurrences. The findings achieved in the experiments will lead scientists to make future discoveries about the moon.
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