Published: Fri, January 25, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

A meteorite hit the moon during total lunar eclipse

A meteorite hit the moon during total lunar eclipse

At the same time, a meteorite hit the moon during this event.

In a description of the eclipse written on the Virtual Telescope website before the event, Masi said the aim was to share with viewers "the stunning beauty of such a unique event".

In the video, the lunar impact flash was spotted on the top-left half of the moon at 0441 GMT on January 21 and was captured by telescopes operating in the framework of Spain's Moons Impacts Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS) Survey.

Meteorites and asteroids are hitting Earth and the moon all the time, but it's rare for us humans to witness such an event taking place during the most recent lunar eclipse.

Such a scene has been long-sought by astronomers, but proved elusive until now, even with the frequency of lunar eclipses. After some sleuthing, the original poster and others were able to find the bright flash in several videos from streams taken by different observatories.

Madiedo and his team have been hoping to capture a lunar impact for some time, but normally the brightness of the Moon makes it very hard.

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Davis obviously did something right as he won the school's science fair and is now headed to the district science fair. Davis went with his sister and mom to the backyard for the experiment.

He doubled the amount of telescopes looking toward the moon, in hopes to see this kind of event unfold. Their software immediately logs the flashes and identifies their exact location on the lunar surface to an accuracy of about 0.001 seconds. The total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow.

Madiedo's estimate suggests that the rock that hit the Moon that night weighed about two kilograms and was about the size of a football.

"We monitor the nocturnal region of the Moon to identify impact flashes", he told the website.

Skywatchers had plenty to be excited about this past weekend thanks to a lunar eclipse that was visible from the Americas as well as parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia.

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

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