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Meteor showers bring dust clouds on the moon

Meteor showers bring dust clouds on the moon

Scientists say vast clouds are floating above the lunar surface, and they grow each time there is a meteor shower on Earth. These towering clouds are made of tiny particles of moon and space dust, and they do not look like clouds on Earth. In fact, researchers say they are not visible to the human eye unless they catch the sunlight just right.  These lunar clouds are ever present, but according to a new study in Nature, they grow more dense each time the Earth and moon system hurtle through a stream of debris left in the wake of a comet.  "The Geminid meteor shower generates shooting stars on Earth, but they can't do that on the...

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