Can a moon generate a heat haze?

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Can a moon generate a heat haze?
« on: 23/08/2016 15:23:02 »
Stefan Jasiukiewicz asked the Naked Scientists:
   I have a friend who is convinced he saw a heat haze coming of the top of the moon when he is observing through his telescope. I only use a pair of Celestron 15x70 binos and I am not an avid astronomer, just very interested, I have argued with him that the heat shimmer is more likely to be from Earths atmosphere than coming of the moon. I said the moon has no atmosphere so can't generate heat haze. Am I wrong? No betting involved, just pride, thanks for any answers.
What do you think?
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Re: Can a moon generate a heat haze?
« Reply #1 on: 23/08/2016 16:05:57 »
The moon does have a very, very small atmosphere of about 106 molecules in each cc. This is actually a very good vacuum and not enough to cause a heat haze. I think you conclusion that it is due to density changes in earth's atmosphere is correct bearing in mind that that is why stars twinkle.

 
PS Earth has about 1019 in each cc.

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