About The Author

Jake was raised in Norfolk, VA, moving to Indianapolis, IN at the beginning of high school. After spending a year at Indiana University for Nursing, he transferred to Purdue to study Atmospheric Sciences, where he would later pick up Planetary Sciences. His undergraduate research focused on explaining the length of lunar crater rays. After graduating, he chose to stay at Purdue for his Master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics. He currently works with David Minton and David Spencer to explain the formation of the Martian moons and propose a CubeSat mission to investigate.

The Moon’s Bright Streaks Explained

Looking up at the Moon, you might notice it’s crisscrossed by bright streaks that originate from some of the younger craters that cover the surface. These are known as crater rays, and they can be found on many planetary bodies, including the Moon, Mars, Mercury, and several icy satellites. Given that the rays trace back