moonquake

noun
moon·​quake | \ ˈmün-ˌkwāk How to pronounce moonquake (audio) \

Definition of moonquake

: a seismic event on the moon

Examples of moonquake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beyond the occasional moonquake, not much happens amidst the impact basins that were once brimming with lava billions of years ago. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 19 Nov. 2020 Beyond the occasional moonquake, not much happens amidst the impact basins that were once brimming with lava billions of years ago. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 19 Nov. 2020 The moon has moonquakes Small moonquakes several miles below the surface are believed to be caused by the gravitational pull of the Earth. Fox News, 16 Mar. 2020 In general, the shape of these events is similar to that of moonquakes. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 25 Feb. 2020 Exploring lunar nova The lander is equipped with a seismometer to listen for moonquakes and a Langmuir probe that will measure fluctuations in the wispy plasma enveloping the lunar surface. Sanjay Kumar, Science | AAAS, 7 Sep. 2019 The lander carried a thermal probe to take the moon’s temperature up to 10 centimeters underground and was also equipped with a seismometer to monitor moonquakes, which could have provided important information about the moon’s deep interior. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, 6 Sep. 2019 Vikram contains equipment for three experiments: one to study the Moon's ionosphere, one to study the temperature of the top 4 inches of the lunar surface and the other to study moonquakes. Fox News, 2 Sep. 2019 The lander's 14-day mission focus on the search for water and minerals and will attempt to measure moonquakes. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of moonquake

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of moonquake was in 1946

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“Moonquake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moonquake. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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