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2007-Jun-28, 05:11 PM
There's a strange phenomenon on the Moon that has puzzled astronomers for hundreds of years. They're called transient lunar phenomena (TLPs), and they look like a brief flashes, changes in colour, or blurring on the surface of the Moon. ...

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John Mendenhall
2007-Jun-28, 06:53 PM
Been arguments for years. Good way to settle it.

2007-Jul-01, 06:20 AM
I want to see this happen in person...i think that its UFO's flashing there flashlights at us...and laughing

2007-Jul-02, 04:19 PM
Radon gas only? Radon is completely transparent unless it is ionized. The flashed should be in very descrete wavelengths - or can the phenomenon be explained in terms of blurring - a refractive index thing?

2007-Jul-03, 12:13 PM
As the regolith is meters deep in places, even escaping high velocity gas ought to carry with it a fair sampling of lunar dust, so there'd be sunlight reflecting off the dust particles too.