Focus: Magnetic Fields Explain Lunar Surface Features

For decades, lunar scientists have been perplexed by sinuous patterns of light-colored material on the surface of the Moon. In Physical Review Letters, researchers provide new evidence for the theory that localized bubbles of magnetic fields on the lunar surface are responsible for the features. The team combines observational data, plasma theory, and a scaled-down laboratory experiment to make their case. In addition to solving a persistent lunar mystery, understanding the phenomenon on the Moon might be the first step toward developing deflector shields to protect spacecraft and astronauts from solar storms during long space journeys.

Read More in American Physical Society’s Physics, v5, 92