Meteorite Gallery Lecture Series

Sunday, July 15, 2018
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm, Geology Building - Room 3656

Mysterious Cold Spots on the Moon: A New Class of Impact Craters

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Free and open to the public


Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences
(310) 825-2015


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Mapping by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter revealed areas having unusually low temperatures called “cold spots”; regions associated with recently formed impact craters. The cold spots identify the recently formed impact craters. Studying them improves our ability to use impact chronology to date planetary surfaces. The larger cold spot craters are candidate source craters for lunar meteorites; their formation ages are a few hundred thousand to a million years, similar to ejection ages of most lunar meteorites.

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