In a previous article, I examined the average moon temperature (AMT). You may have noticed that there’s been about ~3 degree K warming in the last decade.
According to [Vasavada 2012], the mean equatorial temperature between 2009 and 2011 was about 213K, whereas the 2017-2018 data from UCLA and WUSTL shows that to be about 216K.
For AMT, the increase has been from ~197K to ~200K.
Perhaps there is some error in the exactness, but that the moon has warmed is not actually controversial; it is accepted by mainstream scientists. I wanted to share with you today their theory as to the cause. Are you ready?
Google “lunar warming”. Here is what you will get:
According to the new study, the 12 Apollo astronauts who walked on the moon between 1969 and 1972 kicked aside so much dust that they revealed huge regions of darker, more heat-absorbing soil that may not have seen the light of day in billions of years. Over just six years, this newly exposed soil absorbed enough solar radiation to raise the temperature of the entire moon’s surface by up to 3.6 degrees F (2 degrees C), the study found.— Livescience
You got that? They didn’t just raise the temperature where they walked but the ENTIRE moon!
You buy it? I hope not. Great laugh, right?
What is the ratio of surface area walked to the entire moon? I don’t know, but it’s ultra tiny. Seems like heat capacity calculations were ignored. The walked surface area might have to be millions (if not billions) of degrees to raise the entire surface area of the moon by a single degree – ASSUMING there’s horizontal heat transfer via conduction.
Now why would they say something that absurd?
I’ll tell you. Scientists have known that Total Solar Irradiance has been decreasing since the 1950s, and the moon has virtually no atmosphere. Because there is no atmosphere there can’t be any stupid greenhouse effect at work.
That would leave geothermal (lunathermal, I guess) warming as the only culprit!
And if the surface of the moon can warm up due to more internal energy coming up from beneath the surface, perhaps the same thing can be at work on Earth …
Think about it, Occam’s Razor sharp … (answer)