Meteorite hits moon during super wolf blood moon: Spanish researcher

Photo: ‘Super blood wolf moon’ inks Durango skies

Madiedo and his research colleagues had been hoping for years to observe a meteorite impact during a lunar eclipse, so during this latest eclipse the team had double the number of telescopes (8, up from 4) pointed at different areas of the moon. A second flash was seen a minute after the first by some observers, Anthony Cook, an astronomical observer at Griffith, told AP. A luminous full moon is anathema to such detections, but a total lunar eclipse, painting the moon in darkness, changed that. He said that this lunar impact was significant because it was the first time astrophysicists in this field of research were able to record a lunar impact during a lunar eclipse.

The article also states that while meteorite impacts on the moon have been filmed before, that hasn't happened during a lunar eclipse.

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Although the impact produced quite a bright flash, the rock itself was probably not very large. But if this event is confirmed, it may be the first time such an impact has been recorded during a lunar eclipse.

Perhaps because the impact occurred in a darker region of the lunar surface, the bright flash was caught by other observers too, and speculatively posted to Reddit before Madiedo's confirmation came on Monday. "I was really, really happy when [it did]".

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Skywatchers had plenty to be excited about this past weekend thanks to a lunar eclipse that was visible from the Americas as well as parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia.

"I did not want to miss any potential impact event", he said in an email.

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Jackie Faherty is an astrophysicist at the American museum of the natural history, he said that if anyone were standing on the surface of the moon at the time when that eclipse had been taking place, he would be at the position back to earth and he would be able to see the lovely reddish orange tinted ring there. Wait, it's a meteorite hitting the moon?

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