An extract from OMEGA Lifetime Magnetic Edition
By Clay Dillow
The genesis of our Moon has always mesmerised science.Is it the celestial child of a cataclysmic collision with another planetary body, or is it a primordial object born in the dawn of our solar system? Magnetic lunar rock might hold the answer.
Anchored in the night sky, its phases marking the passage of days, months, and seasons. Among themany celestial bodies visible from Earth, the Moon has always been the closest to us, otherworldly yet familiar. Throughout most of human history it could be easily seen but not touched, its composition and origins a complete mystery. Half a century ago, Apollo astronautsreturning from the lunar surface punctured that mystique, bringing back the first physical artefacts from another planetary body: rocks, not so very different from the rocksfound on Earth. But by placing the once-untouchable Moon in the palm of scientists’ hands, those same rock samples also gave rise to new lunar mysteries. Prior to the Apollo landings, planetary scientists knew the Moon lacked the kind of global magnetic field characteristic of evolved, volcanic planets like Earth. But the rock samples brought back by astronauts told a very different story – that of a dynamic Moon, with a strong global magnetic field that had inexplicably vanished billions of years before. More than four decades later, researchers are still unravelling the mystery of the Moon’s lost magnetism, and they may finally be zeroing in on some answers.
“Is it a planet with its own geological history or is it really just a conglomeration of space dust?”
“The Earth and the Moon appear to be the same, they are two pieces of the same primordial object.”
OUR SPACE LEGACY
Since 1962, OMEGA has been on-hand – literally – as astronauts explore space. Its status as the first watch on the Moon earned the Speedmaster its nickname in 1969: the Moonwatch.
Lifting the curse of magnetism has been the quest of a century of watchmaking. With the Master Chronometer, Omega has infused a whole new allure in the art of timepiece precision.