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What’s Happening With The Moon?

Even though it’s so close and has been visited by both robotic spacecraft and human astronauts, the moon is still a very mysterious place.
As we’ve already said in the intro, there are a lot of things we still don’t know about our nearby neighbour.
For example, astronomers noted unusual flashes of light and other phenomena happening on the surface of the Moon.
What causes them?

The amazing thing here is that these brief light displays, known today as Transient Lunar Phenomena, or TLP, have actually been seen for centuries!
Along with flashes, TLP has been reported as gaseous mists, reddish, green, blue or violet colourations, other brightening and even darkenings. There are currently two comprehensive catalogues, one of which has 2,254 events going back to the sixth century. Here are some pieces of evidence from the centuries.

On June 18, 1178, five or more monks from Canterbury reported an upheaval on the Moon shortly after sunset. Here’s what they reported:
“There was a bright new moon, and as usual in that phase, its horns were tilted toward the east; and suddenly the upper horn split in two.

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