posted on Apr, 28 2010 @ 12:23 AM
From discovery News
It doesn't explain to me a non-technical sort, why there would be a small magnetic field in one tiny spot...what could do that?
The first image is made of a magnetic umbrella on the moon.
The mini-magnetosphere provides weak protection from the solar wind.
The protected area could offer prime real estate for future moon travelers.
A miniature magnetic field has been imaged on the surface of the moon, making it a rare, minimally protective lunar refuge from some aspects of the
harsh solar wind.
The magnetic region could be a great place to site a lunar base, since tomorrow's lunar colonists will not only need water (check!), but some
protection from the heavy radiation in the solar wind.
"You can think of it as kind of a mini umbrella," said Martin Wieser of the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna, Sweden. "It will be
effective for certain kinds of (space) weather..."