Under its Largest Crater, Astronomers Found a “Massive Structure” on the Moon
Astronomers found an unnaturally massive structure on the moon under its largest crater. This structure is located under the Aitken Basin, close to the southern pole of Earth’s moon.
The mass the astronomers found was thought to be a massive pile of metal, five times longer than Hawaii. It was buried deep underground. IN THEIR REPORT, Peter B. James, assistant professor at Baylor College of Arts and Sciences, wrote that they’re unsure what it is or its purpose.
The crater, located on the opposite side of the moon, is about 2,000 kilometers wide. Several scientists have already tried measuring the area’s depth, but nothing definitive has been concluded yet.
The new strange mass underneath the crater might reignite interest in the area. For now, you can find the detailed study on the area in the “Deep Structure of the Lunar South Pole-Aitken Basin,” published by Peter B. James’ team in the Geophysical Research Letters journal.
Astronomers analyzed the data obtained by NASA’s Grail Mission when trying to detect this anomaly. This data allowed them to accurately measure the changes in the gravity in different portions of the moon. While combining this data with the lunar topography from the orbiter, the team found an unexpectedly large amount of mass below the Moon’s South Pole. An explanation could be that it came from a massive asteroid and embedded itself into the moon’s mantle. Studies say that whatever it is and wherever it came from, it makes up the entire bottom of the pool at the moon’s southern pole.
Using computer simulations, the researchers found that, given the right conditions, iron-nickel reach asteroid cores could be embedded into the moon’s upper mantle during an impact.
This discovery only made the moon more of a mystery. With the other hundreds of theories about the moon, this discovery essentially changes our understanding of this natural satellite.
It is speculated that the structure is from an ancient civilization.
In October, a massive structure was found on the moon by astronomers in Japan. The structure is about 1,650 feet high and 3,280 feet wide. This would make it the largest crater on the moon that has been discovered so far.
Theories around this “massive structure” being a base, or a ship, are just speculation. The area is a volcanic region known as the Marius Hills on the lunar surface.
The Marius Hills is most likely formed from volcanic activity that flooded the region with lava. They have been heavily eroded over time and now appear to be nothing more than small hills. But that could be about to change. The Marius Hills “are either the remnants of a single lava flow or a series of such flows,” wrote geologist Robert Dietz and colleagues in their paper, “Marius Hills volcano-tectonic setting.”In other words: the Marius Hills are actually volcanoes. In fact, the Marius Hills have been erupting for around 1 million years!
In a new study published in the Science journal, it was found that there is an “intriguing, massive structure” on the far side of the moon. This study was conducted by astronomers who used data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission to map the surface of the Moon in 3D and high resolution. They found a mysterious “massive structure” that has been named the Compton-Belkovich Complex. The Compton-Belkovich Complex is located in an area called Sinus Iridium, which is a basin caused by the impact of an asteroid during the Late Heavy Bombardment of Earth. This complex covers over 100 square miles and scientists aren’t quite sure what it is yet.
Hopefully, in time, more astronomers will attempt to study the real origins of the structures under the moon’s largest crater and help us understand why the moon is hiding massive metallic structures under its surface.