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NASA Discovers ‘Geometric Structure’ Under Moon’s Surface

Ocean of Storms rift forms ‘rectangle’

By: Sasha Sutton  |@SashaEricaS
 on 14th October 2014 @ 2.50pm
images from nasa s grail mission shows  rectangular  volcanic rifts © Twitter
Images from NASA's GRAIL mission shows 'rectangular' volcanic rifts

Theories of ‘geometric’ shapes found on the objects in space are often attributed to notions put forward by UFO enthusiasts which are often dismissed as pareidolia, such as Richard Hoagland’s work on ‘hyperdimensional physics’ on Mars; but NASA data has shown that our moon bears geometric patterns, as the Ocean of Storms region actually forms a giant ‘rectangle’.

Disclose TV reports that NASA’s GRAIL mission mapped the lunar surface to find that the 2,000-mile-wide crater known as the Procellarum region, which was always believed to be round and caused by a cosmic impact, actually forms a large perfect rectangle.

Earlier this month, NN reported that NASA scientists realised that the rifts were actually formed by ancient lunar volcanic eruptions. “The rifts are buried beneath dark volcanic plains on the nearside of the moon and have been detected only in the gravity data provided by GRAIL”, said the study, detailed by the journal Nature.

“The region formed as a result of churning deep in the interior of the moon that led to a high concentration of heat-producing radioactive elements… Over time, the region would cool and contract, pulling away from its surroundings and creating fractures similar to cracks in mud, but on a larger scale”.

But what shocked scientists most was the shape of the rifts. The lunar region forms a ‘square-like’ pattern with corners of 120 degrees. Yet on a flat surface, the only polygon with 120-degree angles is a hexagon.

Colorado School of Mines planetary scientist and lead author of the study Jeffrey Andrews-Hanna explained to Space.com, “The observed pattern of gravity anomalies on the moon is so strikingly geometric… As a solid cools and contracts, fractures and faults can form, and these fractures will commonly take on a polygonal pattern”.

He added, “Geometry on a sphere is different than geometry on a flat surface. For a feature of the size of the Procellarum region, a polygon with 120-degree corner angles has four sides instead of six – or stated another way, a square the size of Procellarum on the surface of a sphere the size of the moon has 120 degree angles instead of the 90 degree angles you’d expect on a flat surface”.

the lunar rifts bear similarity to the ones formed by fissure eruptions on earth © Twitter
The lunar rifts bear similarity to the ones formed by fissure eruptions on Earth

Such geometric are commonly found have been commonly found on Earth, Mars and Venus however this is the first time the patterns have been found on the Moon. The seismic and tectonic rift valleys filled with lava until 3.5 billion years ago, however the scientists are unsure whether the lava is the same that formed the black rock that dominates the surface.

Either way, the findings therefore show that the moon was far more dynamic than previously thought and open doors into further understanding its formation.

“It is forcing us to think in new and different ways about the processes operating on the moon and planets in general”, said Andrews-Hanna.

“We still have much to learn in order to understand the full spectrum of planetary evolution”.

tags: Moon | NASA

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