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-SmackMyBitchUp- t1_irmp1u6 wrote

I think they're certain filters to see elements in more color. If that's true, I think that's titanium from an asteroid smacking the moon! The more red areas could be like iron or copper. Different asteroids, meteors etc have different compositions of what makes them, them. If a heavily saturated asteroid with titanium hits the moon it'll disperse it's materials farther the bigger and faster it's going when it hits


nialltg t1_irmzyhh wrote

nothing to do with minerals really, as you can see from this map. the colours in this picture don’t relate to anything you can see in the geological map in this link


-SmackMyBitchUp- t1_irocpc4 wrote

I'm confused. You say it isn't about minerals, but show me a mineral map. It's just oversaturation of an exposure I believe so its the reflection of the elements since the moon doesn't have much of an atmosphere to distort or block it, and it's pretty dang close, relatively speaking.


nialltg t1_irocxwj wrote

you notice how the colours in the picture and the colours in the map don’t align? that shows the colours cannot be representing different minerals.


-SmackMyBitchUp- t1_irp1adm wrote're being sarcastic right?

Edit fortunately I follow this person on insta so I can see her awesome posts, even her explanation says:

"A northern lunar portion shows minerals reflecting different colors which including Iron, Oxygen, Silicon, and titanium."


Cutthechitchata-hole t1_irnahbl wrote

Wait...I thought I read that titanium is man made or not naturally occurring in nature. Is that not true? EDIT- so I either am thinking of another metal or maybe an alloy of titanium and something else. It seems like in the 90s there was suddenly an onslaught of new titanium products like eyeglass and sunglass frames as well as rings and I understood the metal to have been created. Maybe I'm misremembering or forgetting which metal I'm talking about. My bad y'all.


Minnakht t1_irneqlt wrote

Titanium is a chemical element. Out of chemical elements, all of them from americium onwards are solely synthetically created in labs and such, while technetium and all elements from polonium onwards are rare naturally and radioactive (except for thorium and uranium, which aren't that rare.)

Titanium doesn't belong to either category.


arcosapphire t1_irngvm4 wrote

You might be thinking of technetium. Titanium is actually pretty common.


rchive t1_iro0aki wrote

If I remember right, elements heavier than iron can't be created in the normal fusion process that happens at the center of stars. Titanium is heavier than Iron. Titanium is created in supernovas, which do have the ability to form elements heavier than iron. So, maybe that's what you were thinking of?

Edit: I misremembered that. Iron is the heaviest element a star can fuse, but Titanium is lighter than Iron so it can be fused in stars. If I figure out why I was thinking Titanium was a supernova only element, I'll report back.


RedactedPerpetually t1_iro7hui wrote

Titanium is not heavier than iron though?


rchive t1_iroovvj wrote

Hmm. Yeah, you're right. I swear I heard Titanium as an example in some Science Channel documentary one time, but it must have been a different element.


-SmackMyBitchUp- t1_irodcj3 wrote

We're not talking star creation or planet creation....

Plenty of asteroids are loaded full of metals and non metals, that's why they burn in different colors when they hit our atmosphere. For example, meteors made from primarily calcium will give off a purple or violet color, while those made out of magnesium will appear to have a green or teal color.

That's why some spots on the moon will appear different colors and in different shades due to age and composition of what hit it.


rchive t1_iroo7ol wrote

Well, yeah, but given that when the universe first formed there were no structures like atoms, all atoms that exist today had to have formed somehow. Titanium can't form in star fusion because it's too heavy, so all titanium that exists today had to have formed in some other process, like a supernova. Some Titanium likely "lived" through multiple supernovae to get to where it is today, in asteroids or on the Moon, etc.


St_Kevin_ t1_irpr078 wrote

Naturally occurring pure, metallic titanium (native titanium) is so rare on earth that i don’t think it was discovered until the last century or something. AFAIK it’s only in little chunks that are smaller than a millimeter and only in a few rare places. Maybe that’s the source of the confusion?