Scientists have explained the appearance of the «man on the moon»

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Sergeevicha in fotoballoon during the Eclipse over Sochi. July 27, 2018Scientists have explained the appearance of the «man on the moon»© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Sergeevicha in Photobacterium to daily updates RIA Science

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Planetary scientists from Rutgers University (USA) explained the cause of bright patterns on the surface of the moon, reports Science Alert.

Scientists have known that the location of the «lunar vortices» associated with a magnetic anomaly, although not every region of a strong magnetic field gave rise to the emergence of patterns around. While the Moon itself does not generate a global magnetic field. Because of this, the origin of these structures on the moon’s surface remained a mystery. Particularly popular was the illusion of the «man on the moon» configuration, in which twists are formed in a pattern resembling a human face.

Using computer simulations the researchers found that the turns must occur near or directly above a source of magnetic field located under the surface sputnika. The springs occur close and represent vertical «lava tube», which arise from uneven cooling, flowing down from the volcanoes lava.

It is noted that these basalt structures were formed on the moon about three to four billion years ago. According to planetary scientists, «lava tube» is to explain the cause of the patterns. When heated to 600 degrees Celsius, and the cooling moon rocks in the absence of oxygen acquire magnetic properties, because high temperature triggers the breakdown of minerals and liberation of iron.