Courtesy | The mass is not visible from the Earth because it is on the hidden side of the Moon.
Underneath the surface of the Moon was discovered a mysterious and huge mass with high metallic content, buried under the largest impact crater of the Solar System, the Aitken basin, on the south pole of our satellite.
The mass has a diameter of 2,500 km and 12 km deep, said researchers at Baylor University, who unveiled the incredible discovery, published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.
"Imagine taking a metal stack five times larger than Isla Grande, the largest in the Hawaii archipelago, covering an area of 10,430 square kilometers, and bury it in the basement," says Peter B. James, a professor of planetary geophysics and principal author of the study. study-. That is, approximately, the amount of unexpected mass we encounter, "said the scientists.
The huge crater, which has an oval shape, is not visible from the Earth because it is on the hidden side of the Moon.
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