Eclipse & # 39; super blood Moon & # 39; it might sound pretty cool, but the January 2019 total lunar eclipse has now gone down in history.
For the first time, astronomers and eclipse observers around the world saw a piece of space debris – most likely a meteoroid – slamming into the Moon's surface as it passed through the shadow of the Earth.
Such sights have long been sought by astronomers, but have proved difficult to understand until now, even with the frequency of lunar eclipses. Although meteoroids have been filmed about the previous month, lunar eclipses are often too bright.
But Jose Maria Madiedo Huelva University's System Detection and Analysis (MIDAS) program in Spain does not waste the current opportunity.
He doubled the number of telescopes usually shown by programs on the Moon – from four to eight – and crossed his fingers.
"I have a feeling, this time will be when it will happen," he said New Scientists. "I'm really happy when this happens."
He caught everything in the film, but he did not end up being the first to declare it.
Perhaps because the impact occurred in an area darker than the surface of the moon, bright flashes were also captured by other observers, and speculatively posted to Reddit before Madiedo's confirmation arrived on Monday.
In a video from the Griffith Observatory, slam, which is seen as a brief and bright flash, occurs in the lower left part of the Moon while scientists discuss the color of the Moon.
It can also be seen in the upper left on the webcast directly from the time update, the bottom left of this live stream from a man in Pennsylvania, and the bottom left of this video here.
Even though the impact produces a flash that is bright enough, the rock itself may not be too large. According to Madiedo's initial estimates, it might be only about 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) in mass, and about the size of a ball.
This is only to show that you are never too small to make an impact.