Poster Title

The Undeniable Attraction of Lunar Swirls

Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Mathematics

Minor

Physics

Institution

University of Kentucky

KY House District #

76

KY Senate District #

28

Department

Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Abstract

Lunar swirls are complex patterns on the Moon with distinct brightness signatures and magnetic characteristics. Current research has suggested that the formation of lunar swirls relies on local magnetic fields to shield impinging solar wind, based on a shift in electromagnetic wavelength peaks related to solar radiation and space weathering. Our research combined recent models and methods to characterize these anomalies at the surface of the Moon, exploring the effects of field strength and position. We have produced a high resolution map of a famous swirl named Reiner Gamma using magnetic dipole modeling. These maps and models are considered when examining lunar landing locations and potential colony locations on the Moon.

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The Undeniable Attraction of Lunar Swirls

Lunar swirls are complex patterns on the Moon with distinct brightness signatures and magnetic characteristics. Current research has suggested that the formation of lunar swirls relies on local magnetic fields to shield impinging solar wind, based on a shift in electromagnetic wavelength peaks related to solar radiation and space weathering. Our research combined recent models and methods to characterize these anomalies at the surface of the Moon, exploring the effects of field strength and position. We have produced a high resolution map of a famous swirl named Reiner Gamma using magnetic dipole modeling. These maps and models are considered when examining lunar landing locations and potential colony locations on the Moon.