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New study says the moon was deformed early in its history

New Study Says The Moon Was Deformed Early In Its History
The moon might look like a perfect circle to us here on Earth, but scientists say it's shaped less like a perfect orb and more like a citrus fruit.

A study published this week in the journal Nature explains the moon is actually slightly squashed and has two large bulges, kind of like a lemon.

Scientists have known the moon's shape was irregular but until now have not been able to pin down what that shape is and why it's like that.

Early research ruled out the moon's rotation or tectonic plates as culprits.

The study says the deformation likely happened early in the moon's history when it was very hot and vulnerable to the Earth's gravitational pull. Researchers believe the Earth's pull could have stretched out the moon's crust, causing it to thicken in the middle and thin at the poles.

Scientists also say as the moon cooled down and moved away from Earth, it was likely frozen in its current form.

To discover all this, Gizmodo reports the researchers used a laser altimeter to map out and study the moon's surface.

The Verge says these were the first scientists to "get a clear picture of the moon's real shape - other scientists who have attempted the same in the past have been foiled by the sheer number of craters pockmarking the planetoid's exterior."

And according to the BBC, they were able to get past all of those craters on the moon by solving complicated math problems. Study researcher Ian Garrick-Bethell said, "We did a lot of work to estimate the uncertainties in the analysis that result from those gaps [in the data]."

So be sure to check out the moon on the next clear night and see if you notice its lumpy shape.

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Ripper August 01 2014 at 10:26 AM

No wonder money is completely wasted on non sense studies and research in this world. Who cares what shape the damn moon looks like or actually is. Just enjoy those nights when it is out. What does every ass in the world have to know how every damn detail of the universe works. Get a life and enjoy yourselves. Science is one thing when they are trying to find a cure or make something better. But stuff like this is just a waste of time in the larger picture.

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notapclib August 01 2014 at 12:45 PM

Hmmmm... on the History Channel on 7/31/14 astrophysicists claimed to have known how the earth and moon were formed... according to them, the earth formed when trillions of meteorites merged together and formed a ball which was super heated due to the merging of the meteorites... they also claimed the moon was formed as a result of the earth colliding with another planet, where sections of the earths crust were peeled off and over a million years formed the moon in a similar fashion, but not enough to produce the heat as occurred to the earth. According to the science communities version of The Big Bang Theory - all of this occurred over a million years - 4,667,000,000 years ago - give or take an hour or two.... Or not.

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notapclib notapclib August 01 2014 at 12:47 PM

Oh, and the astrophysicists who came up with their remarkable theory are all on the payroll of the taxpayer (as if that were a surprise).

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stevenjonessales notapclib August 01 2014 at 2:02 PM

Notapclib. Not all of them are.

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Viper1ex19 August 01 2014 at 10:22 AM

It wasn't too long ago scientists thought the earth was flat.

It's funny how the minions jump on the band wagon for everything they say.

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stevenjonessales Viper1ex19 August 01 2014 at 2:05 PM

Until scientists prove otherwise you idiot.

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WESLEY Viper1ex19 August 01 2014 at 3:18 PM

You mean it ois not flat, Liar, Liar Pants on fire.

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belldn3 August 01 2014 at 8:54 AM

Next year they will yet again CHANGE their minds and it's perfectly round.

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calderasf belldn3 August 01 2014 at 1:38 PM

really is the earth round too?

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hwlndrbrt August 01 2014 at 12:45 PM

Does this information really matter? God created the Heavens and the Earth and everything in the Universe. Let it be. God is the Master His work is perfect - God's way!

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calderasf hwlndrbrt August 01 2014 at 1:37 PM

blah blah blah so why not just go back to hunting and gathering

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doonooch hwlndrbrt August 01 2014 at 2:27 PM

without scientists figuring out how things work, you wouldnt be typing your posts online today. God didnt create computers. It took a lot of curious people out there to study and obsever mundane things, acquire knowledge and harness it to develop technologies. If we did things according to your narrow perception, we'd still be living in caves and wearing animal skins for clothing.

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davetrosclair August 01 2014 at 12:20 PM

"cooled down and moved away from Earth" Righttt.. because objects caught and pulled by gravity always move farther away. roflol

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calderasf davetrosclair August 01 2014 at 1:37 PM

ever here of the sun and it's gravity?

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stevenjonessales davetrosclair August 01 2014 at 2:04 PM

This appears to be beyond anything you can grasp.

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WESLEY August 01 2014 at 10:31 AM

I am going to contact Angies List and find a Contractor who will fly to the moon and take care of this problem. We do not need a Moon that is not round, What a waste of time and money to tell us that the Moon is not round. No wonder the water in my swimming pool keeps riseing and falling. Next thing they will tell us the moon is not made of cheeze.What can we do about it? LOL

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spdy65 August 01 2014 at 10:46 AM

I just don't see the need for this scientific study when we have all these arm chair astro physicist right here in this comment section who have the entire cosmos all figured out.

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LewTag August 01 2014 at 3:47 PM

Thanks, I really needed to know that...and just think, it must all be god's will or it would be different...not the manmade god in holy books but the prime mover in the universe...generator, operator, destroyer...GOD..it does whatever it wants with whomever it wants...from atoms to galaxies so that would include the moon....ergo theofatalism....google for details...

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efvann August 01 2014 at 5:21 PM

And it's ALL Bush's fault.

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