Published: Fri, January 25, 2019
Science | By Michele Flores

Astrophotographer Caught a Meteor Striking the Moon During the Eclipse

Astrophotographer Caught a Meteor Striking the Moon During the Eclipse

If that wasn't quite cool enough, review of the footage taken of the moon has revealed that, during the eclipse, it was struck by a meteorite.

"I have not heard of anyone seeing an impact like this during a lunar eclipse before", said Sara Russell, a professor of planetary sciences at the Natural History Museum in London.

Jose Maria Madiedo, an astronomer working on the Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS) project, shared a YouTube video of the event, saying the images "correspond to a lunar impact flash spotted by the telescopes operating in the framework of the MIDAS survey on [January] 21".

During Sunday's super blood moon, a meteor crashed into the lunar surface-and astronomers recorded the whole thing. After one Reddit user asked what the flash might have been, astronomers across social media began sifting through video feeds of the eclipse, suspecting a meteor impact.

He doubled the number of telescopes the program usually has pointed at the Moon - from four to eight - and crossed his fingers.

The dramatically named "super blood wolf moon eclipse" of January 20 and 21 was a sight to behold all on its own. He added that he and colleagues had for years hoped to observe a meteorite impact on the moon during a total lunar eclipse. The total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow.

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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.

A meteor has hit the moon!

"When the automatic detection software notified me of a bright flash, I jumped out of my chair", Madiedo told Gizmodo.

Millions of people around the world looked up at the sky in the early hours of Monday morning to witness the last total lunar eclipse of the decade.

The next lunar eclipse will only be a partial lunar eclipse, visible from South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

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