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Scientists puzzled by flashes on the moon






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Scientists are puzzled at flashes of light on the moon. This strange situation is happening several times a week. Sometimes the flashes are short; at other times they are long. On occasion, there are places on the moon that become darker. Experts are wondering what is causing the flashes. A meteorite strike can make the moon's surface glow briefly. The flashes could occur when electrically charged particles of solar wind hit moon dust.

A telescope has been set up to look at the moon. A professor said that seismic activities on the moon move its surface. He said gases that reflect sunlight could escape from the interior and cause the flashes. He added that the moon flashes have been happening since the 1950s, "but they have not been sufficiently observed". The professor said countries that want to build a base on the moon should be "familiar with the local conditions".

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