Have you ever looked up at the sky on a clear evening and seen the facial outline of a man in the moon? Have you also ever wondered what could have formed the facial outlines of a perpetual man on the moon? Well, you are not alone in your surprises, scientists for decades have also been theorizing about the face of the man on the distant features of the moon. The face that you see up there in the moon is called the “man in the moon”.

But then, unlike ordinary persons, scientists are not swayed with the idea that a man is actually up there starring down upon Earth or looking sideways at the far distant on the moon craters, they rather support the idea that magmas from within the moon formed the features of the famous man in the moon, and not an asteroid strike as earlier believed among earlier scientists. Recent NASA data actually lends proof to the fact that the procellarum region of the moon that stretches almost 1,800 miles in diameter with a dark, and vaguely face-like basin formed the visible features of the man in the moon.

Using data from NASA’s GRAIL probes which orbited the moon in 2012, researchers and other scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Colorado School of Mines, and other research institutions created a map of the procellarum region and showed the rims of the basin are even more angular, whereas an asteroid impact would have product a circular or elliptical features.

According to a professor of Geological Sciences at Brown University, Jim Head, “instead of a central circular gravity anomaly like all other impact basins, at procellarum we see these linear features forming this huge rectangle. This shape argues strongly for an internal origin and suggests internal forces.” But then, the internal forces he referred to could have been magma plumes that rose to the surface and cooled again before contracting to form shapes that people could see as impact craters.

And in a press report released by another MIT don, Professor Maria Zuber, “how such a plume arose remains a mystery. It could be due to radioactive decay of heat-producing elements in the deep interior. Or, conceivably, a very early large impact triggered the plume. But in the latter case, all evidence for such an impact has been completely erased. People who thought that all this volcanism was related to a gigantic impact need to go back and think some more about that.”

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