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Lights on the moon. The Earth, the Moon and Mars

Lights on the moon. The Earth, the Moon and Mars

Its technical name is that of Transient Lunar Phenomena, in English Transient Lunar Phenomena (TLP). These are strange moving lights that have been seen, very occasionally, on the surface of the Moon. The first to see these lights in Spain was the astronomer Antonio de Ulloa, in the year 1778. He was contemplating an eclipse of the Sun, when he observed a bright spot in a crack on the lunar surface.

Since then there are several astronomers around the world who have been able to contemplate this lunar phenomenon. Its origin is unknown, although scientists point to several possibilities. There are those who believe that it can be a simple reflection of the sun's rays when they affect certain materials.

There are also supporters of attributing it to a certain volcanic activity. They believe that there may be a minimum internal activity that exerts pressure and is expelled in the form of gas and small amounts of lava outwards. They indicate as possible locations the peak of the Alphonsus crater and the Plato circus, which is actually a large walled plain.

Some scientists associate the appearance of these moving lights with the fall of meteors on the lunar surface. It has been proven that when the Earth crosses the remains of a comet, and a meteor shower occurs, some of them fall on the dark surface Moon. In any case, the flashes of the meteors last a few seconds, so they have nothing to do with the TLPs, which last for hours and move from one place to another.

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