posted on Dec, 29 2007 @ 01:20 PM
Originally posted by johnlear
Originally posted by OzWeatherman
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It is a very common belief that the moon has no atmosphere but in fact it does.
I think what you meant to say was that although the moon has an atmosphere it is not dense enough to breathe. Yes?
Yeah, you got me there, that was what I meant to say. I almost wouldnt class it as an atmosphere though. Well not if I was comparing it to the Earths
atmosphere which I was :-)
[Again, this is a common belief but in fact the moon has water vapor in the form of clouds and fog mostly on the far side but occasionally on
the near side, and this fact has been reported by many astronomers over the past several hundred years.
I disagree with that, the only way water exists on the moon is in the form of ice within craters, near the polar regions. The atmopshere is not dense
enough to sustain water vapour thick enough to appear as cloud or fog. I just cant see the moon having supersaturated air required to form fog
This is another common misconception. Although there is wind it is very light. Here is a photo of an explosion that took place on the moon, a photo of
which was taken by the Lick Observatory in January 1946.
Yeah you got me there to. I forgot about solar wind and statically charged particles. As for the types of wind we have on earth, I dont think its
possible on the moon. There are a couple of factors that drive our wind on a global scale, like the earths rotation (the moon does not rotate),
pressure belts which I am not too sure of on the moon, and the the differential heating between the equator and poles.
Ah! A meteorologist! But not a lunar meteorologist I take it? (Only hypothesized from your distinct lack of information about the moon).
Yep thats right! Unfortunantly they didnt have a course on lunar meteorology. It was an educated hypothesis to, but I wish there was some actual
weather studies done on the moon, that would be interesting