Meteorite impact spied on the moon during a total lunar eclipse

25 January, 2019, 22:14 | Author: Sherry Houston
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As it turns out, the eclipse was even more special than most observers had noticed, as the Moon was actually struck by a meteorite while everyone was gazing in wonder at its rusty appearance.

Madiedo says it's the first impact flash ever seen during a lunar eclipse, although such crater-forming impacts are common.

The epic sight was captured for the first time by Jose Maria Madiedo of the University of Huelva's Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System.

If you missed the recent Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse, you missed an extra special event, as for the first time, an asteroid was captured impacting the moon during an eclipse. Thus, Sunday's eclipse provided ideal conditions for astronomers to observe. A video taken by the Griffith Observatory showed a small white flash as the meteor hits the lunar surface.

He doubled the number of telescopes the program usually has pointed at the Moon - from four to eight - and crossed his fingers. The next total lunar eclipse won't happen until 2021, and here in North American, we'll have to wait until 2022 for another blood moon to be visible. For many years he and his colleagues hoped to see the impact of a meteorite on the moon during a lunar Eclipse, but it is quite hard - hitting lunar meteorite has been filmed before, but not during the Eclipse.

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It's been confirmed that a meteorite hit the moon during the eclipse, causing a flash which was picked up telescopes here on Earth.

The impact occurred during the totality phase of the eclipse at 11:41 p.m. ET, Gizmodo reported.

Meteor striking a moon's surface is nothing new, however, scientists are sometimes lucky enough to have instruments in the right place at the right time to catch the flash of light accompanying the high-speed impact.

"I jumped out of the chair I was sitting on".

'I was really, really happy when this happened, ' he told New Scientist.



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