Precise Detections of Solar Particle Events and a New View of the Moon.

Academic Article


  • We have invented a new method for detecting solar particle events using data from the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). Using a simple function of the total particle detection rates from four of CRaTER's six detectors, we can precisely identify solar energetic particle event periods in the CRaTER data archive. During solar-quiet periods we map the distribution of a mare-associated mixture of elements in the lunar regolith using this new method. The new map of the moon probably reflects an as-yet unknown combination of lunar albedo protons, neutrons, and gamma rays, and most closely resembles Lunar Prospector maps of gamma rays characteristic of thorium and iron. This result will lead to multiple follow-up studies of lunar albedo particles and may also contribute to the study of diurnally-varying hydrogenation of the lunar regolith.
  • Authors

  • Wilson, Jody K
  • Spence, Harlan E
  • Schwadron, Nathan
  • Case, Anthony W
  • Looper, Mark D
  • Jordan, Andrew P
  • de Wet, Wouter
  • Kasper, Justin
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • January 16, 2020
  • Published In

    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • e2019GL085522
  • Volume

  • 47
  • Issue

  • 1