Scientists have discovered a gigantic “structure” under the surface of the Moon, located beneath its South Pole-Aitken basin. They say it could be made out of metal from the core of an asteroid or oxides from the crystallisation of a magma ocean.
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The Moon has been a subject of awe and fascination for millennia, with its shape-shifting powers and enigmatic dark side.
And though it’s the one celestial body on which man has taken (small) steps, we still have big leaps to go in understanding its potential and uncovering its secrets.
However, one hidden feature of the Moon has been unearthed by scientists and it’s very, very big, and very, very heavy.
Buried beneath its South Pole-Aitken basin – one of the largest preserved craters in the Solar System – is a structure which weighs at least 2.18 billion kilogrammes and measures more than 300km (186 miles) in depth and 2,000km (1,243 miles) in length.
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The researchers who made the discovery, all based in the US, posited that the “anomaly” could be made out of metal from the core of an asteroid or oxides from the crystallisation of a magma ocean.
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