Podcaster: Elizabeth Howell

Title:  How the Sun Shapes the Moon’s Exosphere

Organization: NASA Lunar Science Institute ;

Links: NLSI

Music: “A Walk On the Moon” by Styve Bolduc.

Description: The moon’s atmosphere is exotic when it is compared to Earth. Even though the lunar atmosphere, or exosphere, is only a sparse environment of charged particles, this region is greatly affected by changes in the flow of particles from the sun.

Andrew Poppe, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, uncovered some new findings using data from NASA’s ARTEMIS (Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence, and Electrodynamics of the Moon’s Interaction with the Sun) mission. Now scientists are puzzled as ARTEMIS found slightly different results than NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission.

Bios: NLSI brings together leading lunar scientists from around the world to further NASA lunar science and exploration.

Dr. Andrew Poppe is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at Berkeley who works with the ARTEMIS mission.Elizabeth Howell is an award-winning freelance space journalist in Ottawa, Canada. Her work appears in publications such as Universe Today,, Space Exploration Network and All About Space.

Today’s sponsor:  “This episode of 365 Days of Astronomy is sponsored by Howard Maculsay reminding everyone to look up at every opportunity.”

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