A Meteorite Struck the Moon During Monday's Lunar Eclipse


The so-called super blood wolf moon painted the satellite in brilliant shades of orange and red for just over 5 hours.

If witnessing a "super blood wolf moon" wasn't enough of a rare astronomical display, some eagle eye observers captured a meteoroid striking the lunar orb during the eclipse.

A blood moon is another name given to a total lunar eclipse, which happens when the Earth moves in between the sun and the moon. This alignment causes light from the Sun to be refracted, making the Moon appear to be a reddish color.

Jose Maria Madiedo, an astronomer from the University of Huelva in Spain, confirmed that the tiny flash caught by telescopes was indeed a meteorite impact, estimating it to have a mass between 2 and 10 kilograms and about the size of a football.

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The event took place at 11:41 p.m. ET, with the impact happening "during the totality phase of the lunar eclipse", Madiedo wrote. Their software immediately logs the flashes and identifies their exact location on the lunar surface to an accuracy of about 0.001 seconds.

"But I made the extra effort to prepare the new telescopes because I had the feeling that this time would be 'the time, ' and I did not want to miss an impact flash". His team had increased the number of telescopes they were using to monitor the eclipse from four to eight in hopes of capturing the event. Check out video from the event.

According to an article published by NewScientist, a meteorite struck the moon's surface during the total lunar eclipse that happened Sunday night and early Monday morning.

In a video from Griffith Observatory, the slam, visible as a brief, bright flash, occurs on the lower left part of the Moon while the scientists discuss the Moon's colour.