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The moon’s south pole is hiding something massive and mysterious


“THE MOON’S SOUTH POLE IS HIDING SOMETHING MASSIVE AND MYSTERIOUS.” Last year ‘Popular Science’ related this new mystery located on the far dark side of the Moon, ever out of view from planet Earth.
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“It’s been 50 years since Apollo 11, but our knowledge of the moon is still remarkably scant. We’ve only just scratched the surface of what there is to know, quite literally. A recent paper published in Geophysical Research Letters outlines the discovery of a massive—truly massive—body of material sitting hundreds of miles under the largest crater on the moon. And scientists are stumped as to what it is and how it got there…

“The South Pole-Aitken Basin is home to the largest known crater in the solar system. Over 1,200 miles wide, several miles deep, and thought to be about 4 billion years old, it sits on the far side of the moon, which is why you’ve never spotted it during all your experiences moon gazing. The unknown mass sitting under the crater is thought to lie over 370 miles underground, and is roughly five times bigger than Hawaii’s Big Island…

“Overall, the discovery of this thing throws a wrench into our ongoing attempts to understand the moon’s geology in greater detail. There are some present-day models that suggest the moon’s interior is still warm enough to facilitate mantle convection, where that heat allows for the moon’s insides to move around. If we apply what we know about how this process works on Earth to the moon, then it would mean this anomalous mass should have sunk deep into and merged with the lunar core. Clearly it remains suspended, however, so scientists are now stuck trying to figure out whether those models are accurate or whether we have something else going on here.”

The moon’s south pole is hiding something massive and mysterious



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