By: April Carson
A team of researchers has discovered a possible explanation for why water is so much more plentiful on the Moon than previously believed.
Do you think scientists had any idea that there would be so much water in space? With each new year, we are hearing about celestial objects with abundant amounts of H2O. While all these discoveries are important on their own-- finding evidence for liquid on Mars or moon--- it's definitely not more crucial than finding some hidden ice under the ground up here!
The Moon has always been thought as historically dry but recent findings indicate otherwise: Water ice can now only be found dispersed across craters' floors and deep within dark pits where little light penetrates.
It's unclear, though, where it comes from. If water got on the satellite after the ice comets fell, it would dry up due to the lack of an atmosphere that can hold moisture.
The moon is constantly replenished with new water molecules, caused by solar wind protons interacting with its oxides. This process happens outside our atmosphere and protection from cosmic radiation causes life on Earth to be difficult at best but not impossible as we have seen throughout history with the likes of microbes that live in thermal vents. The moon has a deadly surface environment to humans but could certainly support microbial life, at least in isolated kinds of habitats such as cracks in rocks and well-protected areas from cosmic radiation.
The newest theory about how the Moon becomes wet can now happen due to an interaction between what enters it: either through interactions within our own planet's magnetosphere or direct bombardment from atoms in space themselves!
The final stage takes place during the full moon days of each month. According to computer-generated predictions, a huge proportion of the liquid should evaporate when our satellite is shielded from solar winds during those days.
A new study published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters has examined this method. They observed fluctuations in the solar wind's flow, "washing" the satellite, using data from Japan's lunar probe Kaguya.
The results of the study on Chandrayaan-1 helped to assess how much water is stored in different regions of our solar system. However, it turns out that there are no significant changes for days prescribed by scientists - something unexpected! This leads them to another hypothesis as well: Maybe Earth's magnetosphere can also influence whether particles arrive at lunar surfaces from proton streams accelerated enough without being affected too greatly due to solar wind.
The stream is made up of both oxygen ions and protons from the upper layers of the atmosphere. This implies that “earth's wind'” may be enough to form new water molecules on the moon, as long as it has a high concentration of these ions.
Scientists have been eager to explore the Moon since its discovery. With more powerful technology, they plan on finding better regions for future satellite exploration as well as mining in these areas that may contain water molecules that can answer any questions about potential important planet targets in deep space or at least within our Solar System.
Since the discovery of water on Mars, there has been intense interest in finding out if and where it might exist here on Earth. There is no doubt that scientists were surprised when they found more abundant evidence for this than what had previously been thought possible decades ago - especially considering how scarce our planet's freshwater resources currently are. It is with great satisfaction that I can report that our Moon has water, lots of it.
The key now will be understanding its existence with regards to Moon exploration by agencies around the world; since both bodies provide targets that can help unlock secrets about life beyond Earth.
Not only does this mean that there are abundant supplies of water on the Moon, but it also gives us a better understanding of our celestial neighbor. As with most scientific discoveries, this one raises more questions than it answers - many of which will have to be dealt with by space agencies around the world.
Check out Billy's new podcast, "Yes, we landed on the moon and yes, we lied about it!" For this episode of "Yes, We Landed On The Moon And Yes, We Lied About It!," I've linked to YouTube below. In this podcast, Billy discusses things like how the government found ruins or anomalies on the moon with data that is not available to the public.
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