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firefly5 November 7th, 2014 8:05pm

As this is the first one of the month, I'm extending Science Friday to five questions. So, Science Friday (1/5): There are craters along the lunar south pole that exhibit colder temperatures than the surface of Pluto.

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knetzere Illinois
11/08/14 7:01 am

Seems like there should be some reflected radiation that hits that area which would warm it some

firefly5 the verse
11/08/14 10:21 am

precious little, though. but yes, that's likely true.

krestep USMC VFW
11/07/14 9:01 pm

I can't get on board with this one. It's like saying a guy standing ten feet from a fire has colder feet than a guy standing a hundred miles from that fire. By this logic a cave in Antarctica that never gets direct light should be colder than Pluto

firefly5 the verse
11/08/14 6:46 am

this one is actually based on measured temperatures. but the Antarctica thing doesn't work because we have an atmosphere, which opens up conduction and connection as mechanisms of heat transfer.

zack1018 Ich will nach Stuttgart
11/07/14 2:03 pm

Haha oops I missed the word "lunar" I was thinking "Antarctica is cold, but not that cold"

chickencookie It really is
11/07/14 1:36 pm

Do people actually know the answers to these questions Fire? You have definitely over estimated me :-)

firefly5 the verse
11/07/14 1:58 pm

some do, some don't. I'm trying to do different subjects from time to time, too.

firefly5 the verse
11/07/14 1:30 pm


There are craters along the lunar south pole that, because of their position and the moon's tilt, never face the sun. As such, the only heat they receive comes from the rock beneath the surface, which is residual heat from the formation

firefly5 the verse
11/07/14 1:30 pm

of the solar system. Heat radiates out into space, and is not replenished from sunshine. There are regions near Mercury's poles that may even be colder.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
11/07/14 1:16 pm

The moon is a harsh mistress - and a very cold (and hot) place.

OhTheIrony Learning from you
11/07/14 1:10 pm

My answer to nearly all of your questions is "I have no idea, but here's my best guess. "

Usually end up with more than 50% so it all works out in the end.

Rotavele Alabama
11/07/14 1:15 pm

Well you have a 50/50 chance of getting it right!

Maj Worth Economist
11/07/14 1:18 pm

@Thelrony - I love your comment because I so empathize! The questions I felt the awesomest answering were the kids ones. XD

11/07/14 1:29 pm

Yeah, the only time I ever got higher than 50% in a week was when 3 of the questions were my own

firefly5 the verse
11/07/14 1:57 pm

I liked doing those. I'll do another round of them soon.