They capture how a meteorite crashes into the Moon

By exploding against the earth satellite, the meteorite created a new crater whose diameter can exceed 10 meters.

The curator of the Hiratsuka City Museum (Japan), Daichi Fujii, captured how a meteorite collided with the Moon, using the cameras installed in his house to monitor the Earth satellite, as reported in his account Twitter.

“No satellite passed over the surface of the Moon at the time of the sighting, and the way it was shining suggests it was most likely a lunar impact flash.

Due to the collision, a flash was generated which shone for more than a second. The Japanese astronomer noted that the meteorite fell near the Ideler L crater and created a new crater, the diameter of which may exceed 10 meters. According to Fujii, “NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter LRO telephoto camera is likely to detect traces of the fall“.


The moon and its fragility in front of the meteorite

The Moon has a very fragile exosphere, so meteorites often fall on it, creating craters. Lunar impacts can only be seen from Earth when they are large enough. They occur in the lunar night zone, in the part of the satellite facing our planet.

Therefore, it is believed that the video data could help scientists know the frequency of impacts on the lunar surface, allowing them to prepare to send astronauts to the Moon.


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