Opinions, Newest Moon Mystery İs Fascinating (Opinion) - Cnn

Opinions, Newest Moon Mystery İs Fascinating (Opinion) - Cnn

Newest moon mystery is fascinating

Don Lincoln writes that the detection of such a large and unexpected mass on the lunar surface reminds us that we have so much to learn about the birth of the solar system.

13.6.2019

A new discovery of an enormous mass buried under the moon’s surface serves as a reminder of the great unknowns about the birth of the solar system | DrDonLincoln for CNNopinion

Don Lincoln writes that the detection of such a large and unexpected mass on the lunar surface reminds us that we have so much to learn about the birth of the solar system.

Peter B. James, lead author of the article and assistant professor of planetary geophysics in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, explained his team's discovery in a Baylor University release. Don LincolnThis mass is enormous -- equivalent to a chunk of metal over five times larger than the Big Island of Hawaii, James said. And it is located under the moon's South Pole-Aitken basin, a huge crater located on the far side of the moon.At a big-picture level, the discovery of such a large and unexpected feature on the surface of the moon reminds us that we have so much to learn about the birth of the Solar System. Although scientists have measured the South Pole-Aitken crater to be as much as 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) wide and several kilometers deep, it is not visible from Earth. Read MoreThe newly-discovered feature has a minimum mass of over two quintillion (2 x 10^18) kilograms -- or 4.8 quintillion pounds on Earth -- and it is located as much as 300 kilometers under the surface of the moon. 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