This weekend's stunning lunar eclipse seems to have come with a little extra flash, thanks to a brilliant coincidence – a burst of light at about the time totality, marking the end of a meteorite's journey to the moon.
The meteor strike takes place in the region darkened by Earth's shadow, as you see in the eclipse.
There is no reason to worry The moon regularly suffers effectss; The collisions are how the moon surface acquires an average of 140 new craters a year – and that tally only covers those 32.8 feet (10 meters) more than those.[Amazing Photos of the Super Blood Wolf Moon!]
Scientists are sometimes lucky enough to have instruments in the right place at the right time to catch the light of the accompanying high-speed effect. (A Spanish telescope caught sight of two such effects in quick succession in July 2018.) But this effect came as people around the world seen to the sky – and livestreamed telescope broadcasts – to watch the total moon eclipse, the last 2021
Meteorite effects are not just flashy, there are also real sciences to learn from them. NASA has a team dedicated to monitoring the flashes because they can teach us about the debris cluttering our solar system.
There The moon's surface offers a historical historical record of impacts, since there is not much on the planet that wiped away craters – no rain, no plate tectonics. And unlike Earth, the moon does not carry a thick protective atmosphere. That means the moon's surface can act as a stand-in for scientists who want to understand how many impacts have hit Earth over the eons.
The eclipse effect will be one more crater for scientists to pore over.