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Scientists puzzled by flashes on the moon






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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."

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