World first as meteorite captured crashing into Moon during rare lunar eclipse

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Madiedo and his team have been hoping to capture a lunar impact for some time, but normally the brightness of the Moon makes it very hard. Clear skies gave us a great view of a Total Lunar Eclipse and a Supermoon, A.K.A a Wolf Blood Moon.

Further investigation will be necessary to determine the size of the meteoroid and obtain pictures of its impact crater, but for a basis of comparison, the LCROSS mission plowed a Centaur upper stage (2.2 tons) into the lunar surface at 2.5 km/s. There are other kinds of possible lunar eclipses, such as a partial eclipse (which happens when the moon goes partially into the deep shadow) and a penumbral eclipse (when the moon passes into the lighter part of Earth's shadow, barely darkening at all). "I was really, really happy when [it did]".

Madiedo observed the meteorite flash through Spain's Moons Impacts Detection and Analysis System, also known as MIDAS, which is run by the University of Huelva and the Institution of Astrophysics of Andalucia.

"In total I spent nearly two days without sleeping, including the monitoring time during the eclipse", Madiedo explained to Gizmodo.

"We monitor the nocturnal region of the Moon to identify impact flashes", he told the website.

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'Could this have been a meteor impact on the moon?' one person wrote.

Such a scene has been long-sought by astronomers, but proved elusive until now, even with the frequency of lunar eclipses.

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.

The MIDAS team released a video of the rare event with a timecode of when the flash can be seen. "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".

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