(ORDO NEWS) — The natural satellite of our planet – the Moon – has a tail formed by a huge number of sodium atoms, which ended up in outer space as a result of the asteroid bombardment of the Moon. Once a month, this sodium tail turns into a “scarf” that the Earth wears.
Sodium atoms, which were thrown into space by meteorite strikes into the lunar soil, stretch for hundreds of thousands of miles, forming a lunar tail. During several days a month, when the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun, the Earth’s gravity creates a kind of “scarf” from the lunar sodium tail that goes around our planet.
The sodium tail does not create any harm to the earth’s atmosphere, and it will not work to see it with the naked eye. However, it can be detected with powerful telescopes that can detect the faint glow of sodium particles in sunlight.
The researchers note that the moon’s sodium footprint was first recorded in the nineties of the last century, when science had quite advanced telescopes. A spot of sodium atoms always appears in the sky during the same period of the month, but its brightness can be very different. Scientists conducted a large-scale study, in which they analyzed thousands of photographs of the moon in order to understand the nature of this amazing natural phenomenon.
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