Comets are famous for their tails, which often follow them for tens of thousands of kilometers. But in the case of the moon, such discoveries are even more surprising.

The arrangements in this regard are described on the pages JGR Planets I am Let’s believe the lunar tail It consists of millions of sodium atoms that are thrown from its surface into space by meteorite strikes. Then these same atoms were pushed out by solar radiation.

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Several times a month, when the new moon is between the earth and the sun, the gravity of our planet pulls this tail into a long beam. In a sense, it wraps around the Earth’s atmosphere and then flies into space on the other side.

The moon “ejected” sodium atoms due to meteorite strikes

As you probably guessed, the described phenomenon could not be observed with the naked eye. Fortunately, this is possible with advanced telescopes. Documented by astronomers, the spot is about 5 times the size of a full moon and has a faint orange color. The first signs of this phenomenon appeared in the 1990s.

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