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5 Moon’s Mysteries

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Moon Shadows

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first walked the alien landscape of the satellite, they soon made a jarring discovery: The shadows of the Moon were far darker than those on Earth due to the lack of atmosphere. Everything the Sun didn’t shine directly on was pitch black.

Once their foot stepped in a shadow, they could not see it anymore despite the fact that the Sun was blazing in the sky. Although they soon found they could adjust to the shadows, the constant contrast between dark shadowy areas and sunny ones remained a challenge.

Things got even stranger when they noticed that some of the shadows—namely, their own—had halos. They later learned eerie experience was caused by the opposition effect, a phenomenon that makes certain dark, shadowed areas appear surrounded by a bright aureole when they’re viewed in a certain angle to the Sun. The shadows of the Moon caused mischief on many Apollo missions.

Some astronauts found their maintenance tasks impossible because their own hands blocked out what they were doing, while others thought they were landing on a steep slope because of the deep shadows that seemed like a cavern.


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  1. Azael

    The most intriguing lunar mystery was not even mentioned: the empirical evidences NASCAR has that the moon is either hollow or possesses no solid core. This has been repeatedly indicated by events in which meteors or other debris some the moon and such is registered on the Apollo seismometers on the other side of the Moon… for hours, thereafter. The Moon rings like a gong as the sound waves bounce around inside without being absorbed… as though there were nothing there to absorb them.

  2. Azael

    NASA… not NASCAR (Damned autocorrect)!

    The lack of an iron core also best explains why the Moon lacks a magnetic field, thus solving one of the listed mysteries.

  3. Karen

    “This may be because the images showing these “signs of life” have almost certainly been doctored by the conspiracy theorists.” OK that’s annoying. There’s too many and some of the anomalies have multiple views by multiple researchers at multiple angles and spread over time. Are the debunkers making a “conspiracy” claim that the real story is that “conspiracy theorists” are in a conspiracy themselves? That’s rich. Wouldn’t that be a “conspiracy theory” itself? Hey Psuedoskeptics… welcome to the club. We are having soooo much fun finding out that nearly everything revealed about the moon by “the authorities” is a mis-direction and subtrefuge. PS there are not enough conspiracy theorists to produce the large body of anomaly discoveries that are being found in space agency photographs released to the public of the moon. The quality of the images suck, by the way. They take what was probably full-color, high-resolution moving films and turn it into black and white, low-resolution still shots to hide what’s really there.

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