The Moon's Sodium Tail

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This tail can grow to more than 400,000 km long, and is sometimes (during new moons) blowing right at our faces thanks to solar winds.

The Moon Has a Tail!

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The moon has a tail that can grow to more than 400,000 km long. 00:05

  2. Sodium atoms in our atmosphere trailing from the moon make it seem as though the moon has a yellowish tail. 00:24

  3. The moon's incredibly thin atmosphere is called an exosphere. 00:57

  4. When the moon is new, the moon's tail is blowing toward Earth. 02:19

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