Today: TIMES LIVE - Meteoroid impact triggers bright flash on the moon, May 18, 2013

May 18, 2013

TIMES LIVE - Meteoroid impact triggers bright flash on the moon, May 18, 2013

 
"An automated telescope monitoring the moon has captured images of a 40 kg rock slamming into the lunar surface, creating a bright flash of light, Nasa scientists said. The explosion on Friday, March 17 was the biggest seen since Nasa began watching the moon for meteoroid impacts about eight years ago. So far, more than 300 strikes have been recorded. “It exploded in a flash nearly 10 times as bright as anything we’ve ever seen before,” Bill Cooke, with NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Centre in Huntsville, Alabama, said in a statement. A Nasa satellite orbiting the moon is now on a hunt for the newly formed crater, which scientists estimate could be as wide as 20 meters."
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