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Ben the Ignorant

Levitating lunar dust and other stuff

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Interesting.

Quite amazing to see just how little we know and what we still have to learn about our nearest neighbor.

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Yeah, I tended to think of the Moon as a dull rock with an occasional outgassing and a few meteor strikes here and there, but it has a lot more events and features worthy of curiosity. One I had forgotten about is the maze-looking plateaus that harbor magnetic anomalies, one of them is shown in the video, and the others are catalogued on maps but I haven't observed them for ages.

On location there must be many, many odd things happening all day that we don't know because of distance (and because our telescopes are too wimpy to show things like the american flags on the Moon, what are we wasting our time with? 😏). The testimonies of astronauts are invaluable, robots can do a lot but the spoken account of a direct witness can't be beat.

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I remember using two filter's one red and one blue I think to look for TLP's back in the mid 70's. Went out of favour and forgotten until now. Perhaps it's time to begin observing these again. 

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Yes. Automated cameras keep track of meteor strikes but a number of visual observers testifying of a more subtle lunar transient phenomenon makes sure the event is not a camera artefact, and multiple witnesses gather more infos that can be cross-examined. As in the process of digitally stacking images, what is common in all of them is probably real, and what is not is probably misperception.

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