Sun  Planets and Moons  ID: 4620

Magnetic Bubbles on the Moon...

Much of the Moon's darker-colored 'mare' regions are considered to be older than the lighter-colored mountainous regions. Yet the maria contain a number of ligher-colored regions, such as Reiner Gamma. Why could that be? Many of these lighter regions in the maria appear to correspond to locations of magnetic anomalies which provides a hint for testing various hypotheses.

It is known that the influx of free protons from the solar wind will darken the lighter lunar material. This visualization is created from a particle simulation which illustrates how a local magnetic field may create regions of reduced and enhanced solar proton flux which can lighten and darken (respectively) the underlying lunar material.

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Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Visualizer
Andrew Poppe (University of California at Berkeley): Lead Scientist
Genna Duberstein (USRA): Lead Producer
Ernie Wright (USRA): Visualizer
Ian Jones (ADNET): Technical Support
Laurence Schuler (ADNET): Technical Support
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NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

Science Paper:
Solar wind interaction with the Reiner Gamma crustal magnetic anomaly: Connecting source magnetization to surface weathering

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Data Used:
Holmstrom Plasma Solver
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