The Reading / Listening - Moon Flashes - Level 5

Scientists are puzzled at why there are flashes of light on the surface of the moon. This strange phenomenon is happening several times a week. Sometimes the flashes are short, while at other times they last longer. Scientists observed that on occasion, there are places on the moon that darken temporarily. Moon experts are speculating on what is causing the flashes. One scientist said a meteorite strike can make the moon's surface glow briefly. Another scientist wondered whether the flashes occurred when electrically charged particles of solar wind reacted with moon dust.



A telescope has been set up in Spain to observe the moon. The head of the telescope team is Hakan Kayal, a professor of space technology. He said: "Seismic activities were observed on the moon. When the surface moves, gases that reflect sunlight could escape from the interior. This would explain the luminous phenomena." He added that the moon flashes have been known since the 1950s, "but they have not been sufficiently observed". Professor Kayal said: "Anyone who wants to build a lunar base at some point must of course be familiar with the local conditions."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Moon Flashes - Level 4 or  Moon Flashes - Level 6

Sources
  • https://phys.org/news/2019-05-moon.html
  • https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/31/mysterious-unexplained-flashes-light-spotted-moon-9768936/
  • https://futurism.com/the-byte/flashes-moon-scientists


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. on the surface
  2. happening several
  3. at other times they
  4. places on the moon that darken
  5. speculating on what is
  6. make the moon's surface
  7. charged particles
  8. moon
  1. glow briefly
  2. causing the flashes
  3. dust
  4. last longer
  5. of solar wind
  6. temporarily
  7. of the moon
  8. times a week

Paragraph 2

  1. A telescope has been set
  2. The head of the
  3. seismic
  4. gases that reflect
  5. moon flashes have been known
  6. they have not been sufficiently
  7. build a
  8. be familiar with the local
  1. sunlight
  2. since the 1950s
  3. conditions
  4. telescope team
  5. lunar base
  6. up in Spain
  7. activities
  8. observed

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists (1) ___________________ why there are flashes of light on the surface of the moon. This strange phenomenon (2) ___________________ times a week. Sometimes the flashes are short, while at other times they last longer. Scientists observed (3) ___________________, there are places on the moon that darken temporarily. Moon (4) ___________________ on what is causing the flashes. One scientist said a meteorite strike can make the moon's (5) ___________________. Another scientist wondered whether the flashes occurred when electrically charged (6) ___________________ wind reacted with moon dust.

A telescope has been set up in Spain (7) ___________________ moon. The head of the telescope team is Hakan Kayal, a professor of space technology. He said: "(8) ___________________ observed on the moon. When the surface moves, gases (9) ___________________ could escape from the interior. This would explain the luminous phenomena." He added that the moon flashes have (10) ___________________ the 1950s, "but they have not been sufficiently observed". Professor Kayal said: "Anyone who wants to build (11) ___________________ at some point must of course be familiar with (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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moon.Thisstrangephenomenonishappeningseveraltimesaweek.So
metimestheflashesareshort,whileatothertimestheylastlonger.Scien
tistsobservedthatonoccasion,thereareplacesonthemoonthatdarken
temporarily.Moonexpertsarespeculatingonwhatiscausingtheflashes
.Onescientistsaidameteoritestrikecanmakethemoon'ssurfaceglowb
riefly.Anotherscientistwonderedwhethertheflashesoccurredwhenel
ectricallychargedparticlesofsolarwindreactedwithmoondust.Atelesc
opehasbeensetupinSpaintoobservethemoon.Theheadofthetelescop
eteamisHakanKayal,aprofessorofspacetechnology.Hesaid:"Seismic
activitieswereobservedonthemoon.Whenthesurfacemoves,gasesth
atreflectsunlightcouldescapefromtheinterior.Thiswouldexplainthelu
minousphenomena."Headdedthatthemoonflasheshavebeenknowns
incethe1950s,"buttheyhavenotbeensufficientlyobserved".Professor
Kayalsaid:"Anyonewhowantstobuildalunarbaseatsomepointmustof
coursebefamiliarwiththelocalconditions."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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