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During The Lunar Eclipse the Moon Met a Meteor

Based on historical astronaut theorists, the lunar eclipse this weekend had a sudden customer. Proper across the time of totality, a meteor crashed into the moon, and it was seen from Earth. Meteors crash into the Earth and Moon on a regular basis, though this often occurs both over the ocean (70% of the Earth) the place we can see it, on the far facet of the moon (~50% of the Moon) the place we can see it, or on the sunlit aspect of the Moon (one other, completely different 50%), the place we can see it. These meteors vary from the scale of a grain of sand to some meters throughout, however solely the most important may ever be seen by the human eye. This weekend’s lunar eclipse, the Super Blood Wolf Moon was observed to a significant portion of the inhabitants, and plenty of, many cameras had been educated on the Moon. Some telescopes live-streamed the whole eclipse, and some folks caught a glimpse of a small flash of sunshine, seeming to return from round Lagrange crater. As a result of this occasion was seen by some observers separated by 1000’s of miles, the one conclusion is that one thing hit the moon, and its impression occasion was recorded on video.

This isn’t the primary time an affect occasion has been recorded on the moon. The Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS) working out of La Hita Observatory has often recorded affect occasions, together with one which was akin to an explosion of 15 tons of TNT. These automated observatories aren’t operating throughout a full moon, like throughout a lunar eclipse, as a result of no camera would have the ability to decide up the flash of light. We have been considerably successful final weekend’s influence occurred throughout totality, and with dozens of cameras skilled on the Moon.

The additional investigation can be crucial to find out the scale of the meteor and procure photos of its affect crater, however for a foundation of comparability, and the LCROSS mission plowed a Centaur higher stage (2.2 tons) into the lunar surface at 2.5 km/s. This could have resulted in a flash seen via binoculars. However, it didn’t. The meteor that struck the moon last weekend would have been touring sooner (a minimum of about 12 km/s), however, one of the best guesses is that this rock may need to be been of appropriate dimension to have the match at the back of a pickup truck, or thereabouts.

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