More Far-Side Deep Moonquake Nests DiscoveredAs reported last year, we started to reanalyze the seismic data acquired from 1969 to 1977 with a network of stations established on the Moon during the Apollo mission. The reason for the reanalysis was because recent advances in computer technology make it possible to employ much more sophisticated analysis techniques than was possible previously. The primary objective of the reanalysis was to search for deep moonquakes on the far side of the Moon and, if found, to use them to infer the structure of the Moon's deep interior, including a possible central core. The first step was to identify any new deep moonquakes that escaped our earlier search by applying a combination of waveform cross-correlation and single-link cluster analysis, and then to see if any of them are from previously unknown nests of deep moonquakes. We positively identified 7245 deep moonquakes, more than a five-fold increase from the previous 1360. We also found at least 88 previously unknown deep-moonquake nests. The question was whether any of these newly discovered nets were on the far side of the Moon, and we now report that our analysis of the data indicates that some of them are indeed on the far side.
Nakamura, Y. (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Jackson, John A. (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Jackson, Katherine G. (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
August 21, 2013
January 1, 2004
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXV: Lunar Geophysics: Rockin' and a-Reelin'