Lunar magnetic anomalies and surface optical properties

L. L. Hood, G. Schubert

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Abstract

For typical solar wind conditions, lunar magnetic anomalies with dipole moments m ≫ 5 × 1013 gauss-cubic centimeters will strongly deflect the solar wind, producing local plasma voids at the lunar surface. The correlation of the largest observed anomalies (m ∼ 1016 gauss-cubic centimeters) with unusual, relatively high albedo surface features may therefore imply that solar wind ion bombardment is an important determinant of the optical properties of the lunar surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-51
Number of pages3
JournalScience
Volume208
Issue number4439
DOIs
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

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