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Old 24-01-2019, 06:11 PM
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Cool Meteorite witnessed hitting Moon during lunar eclipse - video

Chris Baraniuk writes in New Scientist that a meteorite has been observed
impacting into the Moon during the period of the most recent lunar eclipse.

Originally Posted by Chris Baraniuk, New Scientist
During the eclipse, some people noticed a tiny flash, a brief yellow-white speck, popping up on the lunar surface during the online broadcasts.

One Reddit user raised the possibility that this was a meteorite impact and others scoured eclipse footage for evidence of the event. A flash is visible in at least three different videos.

Jose Maria Madiedo at the University of Huelva in Spain has confirmed that the impact is genuine. For years, he and his colleagues have been hoping to observe a meteorite impact on the moon during a lunar eclipse, but the brightness of these events can make that very difficult lunar meteorite impacts have been filmed before, but not during an eclipse.
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Old 24-01-2019, 08:18 PM
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Thanks Gary - exciting news indeed.


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Wow thanks indeed one dose not see that very often

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Old 07-02-2019, 09:46 AM
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Post Probably up to the size of a basketball leaving 5 to 10m wide crater

Lisa Grossman reports in Science that astronomers estimate the impact
probably released the equivalent of about half a ton of TNT in energy.

Originally Posted by Lisa Grossman
That much energy could be released by an object of a size between a softball and a basketball, and with the mass of a few cans of paint (7 to 40 kilograms), smacking into the moon at 13.8 kilometers per second, the team reports in a paper posted January 28 at arXiv.org.

Using those observations, Zuluaga and his team estimated that the impact probably left a crater between 5 and 10 meters wide. That scar could be spotted with a current or future lunar orbiter.
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Paper (free) at arXiv.org "Location, orbit and energy of a meteoroid impacting the moon during the Lunar Eclipse of January 21, 2019"
by Zuluaga et. al. :-

Originally Posted by Zuluaga et. al.
These results arose from a timely collaboration between professional and amateur astronomers which highlight the importance of citizen science in contemporary astronomy.
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Old 10-04-2019, 10:20 PM
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How cool is that! I love that someone is always watching and things like this get captured.
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Old 12-04-2019, 06:09 PM
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An impact was photographed during an eclipse in 1979... at a time when it was understood to be possible but very very unlikely to be seen.
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