New Moon Craters Are Forming More Faster Than Scientist Had Predicated

A new study by the Scientists from the Arizon State University and the Cornell University shows that the new moon craters are appearing on the lunar surface 100 times more frequently than previous thought.

Researchers have used images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, which is installed on NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and controlled from the Science Operations Center, within the ASU.

It is reported through a journal Nature that a team led by Emerson Spreyerer, have identified 222 new Moon craters since the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was launched in 2009. They are, of course, impact craters, resulted from multiple meteors that frequently collide with Earth’s only satellite.

It is also estimated that comets and asteroids crash on the lunar surface to create an average of 180 new moon craters every year, which measures at least 10 meters in diameter. The study was based on 14,000 pairs of “before and after’ images.

Moreover, researchers also discovered thousands of “scars” on the moon created by secondary impacts that churned up the top layer of the lunar surface without craters over a period of thousands of years.