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Static Electricity on the Moon

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According to Astrobio.net as the Moon passes through the Earth's

magnetic field, it receives static electricity. These electrical charges

are projected to start increasing in intensity by the year 2012.

Since NASA has decided to attempt to make a long standing presence on

the Moon by the year 2020; this may affect Moon Missions.

 

http://www.astrobio.net/news/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=2303&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

 

How is the Earth's magnetic field different from other planets? And how

might this event effect us?

 

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Earth's magnetic field is like all other magnetic fields. However Earth has the strongest magnetic field of the inner planets. I dont think static electricity on the moon would affect life of Earth very much.

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would it ever be possible for enough static electricity to built up on the moon for a whole load of electrons to suddenly jump across from one body to the other, a bit like giant lightning?

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;336583'']Earth's magnetic field is like all other magnetic fields. However Earth has the strongest magnetic field of the inner planets. I dont think static electricity on the moon would affect life of Earth very much.

 

Have other magnetic fields collapsed, and do you know what the causes were?

 

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Have other magnetic fields collapsed, and do you know what the causes were?

 

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Moon Over Key Biscayne

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:cool:

 

Do you mean the magnetic fields of other planets?

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Apparently the moon gets charged like this every 18 years or so, when its orbit grazes the edge of the Earth's magnetosphere and it picks up a bunch of ions from the solar wind. It could be annoying for lunar astronauts because the surface dust will act "stickier," but that's about it. See: http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2007/418/3?rss=1

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;337043'']Do you mean the magnetic fields of other planets?

 

Yes. Say, Mars for instance?

 

 

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Apparently the moon gets charged like this every 18 years or so, when its orbit grazes the edge of the Earth's magnetosphere and it picks up a bunch of ions from the solar wind. It could be annoying for lunar astronauts because the surface dust will act "stickier," but that's about it. See: http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2007/418/3?rss=1

 

could this build up of static electricity be enough to damage sensitive electrical equiptment on the moon? if the moon was ever to be colonised, would this be a problem?

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