Telescopes capture moment of impact during lunar eclipse

Telescopes capture moment of impact during lunar eclipse

The biggest news in astronomy and space fanatic circles over the last week or so has been the total lunar eclipse that happened recently.

The Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS) running out of La Hita Observatory has regularly recorded impact events, including one that was comparable to an an explosion of 15 tons of TNT.

Skywatchers who observed the "Super Blood Wolf Moon", a total lunar eclipse that coincided with a supermoon, were able to witness an incredible addition to their spectacular view that night - a meteorite impact.

It is called a super blood moon because the lunar eclipse taking place in January is going to be bigger and brighter than normal. Then, some sharp-eyed telescope observers noticed a flash of extracurricular activity when a meteoroid created a bright pinpoint of light on the lunar surface.

He doubled the number of telescopes the program usually has pointed at the Moon - from four to eight - and crossed his fingers. The telescopes used by MIDAS have high-sensitivity video cameras that are used to continuously record events during observations.

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Russell said that flashes could be seen from Earth only when the lunar surface was in shadow, which is normally a few days before and after the new moon. Astroimager Jamie Cooper, from Dustin, England, caught an meteor impact on the moon. Astronomers in Huelva began monitoring lunar impact flashes in 1997, but this marked the first time such an event was captured on camera during a lunar eclipse.

"I was really, really happy when this happened", Madiedo told New Scientist.

According to Gizmodo, astronomers first started monitoring lunar impacts in 1997.

The next lunar eclipse will only be a partial lunar eclipse, visible from South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

"I jumped out of the chair I was sitting on".

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