The CNN headline reads "The Earth is making the moon rust."
Our take: The moon is getting rusty...as with anything involving space, we are not surprised the moon is rusting, even though the moon's environment should make that impossible...in this instance it is not only possible, it is real.
Space is just grand.
One major clue was the rust was more concentrated on the side of the moon that faces Earth -- suggesting it was somehow linked to our planet.
Earth is encompassed in a magnetic field, and solar wind stretches this bubble to create a long magnetic tail in the downwind direction. The moon enters this tail three days before it's full, and it takes six days to cross the tail and exit on the other side.
During these six days, Earth's magnetic tail covers the moon's surface with electrons, and all sorts of strange things can happen. Dust particles on the moon's surface might float off the ground, and moon dust might fly into a dust storm, according to NASA.
Read more about our rusty moon: The Earth is making the moon rustBy Jessie Yeung, CNN