Monday, October 25, 2004

Transient Lunar Phenomena

Moonlit mysteries

"So is the moon, supposedly a lifeless chunk of basaltic rock, undergoing periodic volcanic activity? Most astronomers don't think so. In 1963 Zdenek Kopal observed that a significant TLP event occurred during a major solar flare-up. He suggested particles from these vast electromagnetic emissions caused moon rocks to glow, particularly when the moon is passing through the Earth's magnetosphere."

Images of what appear to be specular reflections may be due to the presence of glass, as suggested by Richard Hoagland. Assuming the planetary SETI inquiry is theoretically valid, it's certainly not unreasonable to suppose that certain transient lunar phenomena are due to archaeological ruins, especially when they persist in one location.