Gap Fill - Moon Flashes - Level 6


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Scientists across the are puzzled as to why there are flashes appearing on the of the moon. This unusual has been happening several times a week. Sometimes the flashes of light are very short, while at other the light lasts longer. Scientists have also observed that on , there are places on the moon's surface that darken . Experts on the moon have been speculating on what is behind the flashes. One scientist said the of a meteorite can cause the moon's surface to glow . Another scientist wondered whether the flashes occurred when charged particles of solar reacted with moon dust.

A telescope has been set up in Spain to observe what is happening on the moon. The of the team behind the is Hakan Kayal, a professor of space technology. He said: "Seismic were observed on the moon. When the surface moves, gases that reflect could escape from the interior of the moon. This would explain the phenomena, some of which last for ." He added: "The so-called transient lunar phenomena have been known since the 1950s, but they have not been observed." Professor Kayal said: "Anyone who wants to build a lunar at some point must of course be with the local conditions."

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