Bright explosion on moon visible from Earth

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fred8615
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Bright explosion on moon visible from Earth

Post by fred8615 » May 18th, 2013, 7:41 am

A meteoroid struck the surface of the moon recently, causing an explosion that was visible on Earth without the aid of a telescope, NASA reported Friday. But don't be alarmed if you didn't see it; it only lasted about a second.

CNN
http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/18/tech/moon ... ?hpt=hp_c3

Fox News
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/05/ ... p=HPBucket

NASA Science News
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/sc ... narimpact/
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Re: Bright explosion on moon visible from Earth

Post by TrevorM » May 24th, 2013, 3:17 pm

A bunch of people asked me about this when I was operating the 20" the other night. Unfortunately I knew nothing about it. Typically I don't need to keep abreast of these things because enough people know that I'm into astronomy that I always just find out about things through them!

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Re: Bright explosion on moon visible from Earth

Post by Christopher K. » June 1st, 2013, 10:52 pm

I was so excited that for a short time I thought the impact had been within seventy-two hours of the May announcement. I'm still having trouble finding exact coordinates--I'd like to see it as soon as possible. The map provided at...
http://science.nasa.gov/media/medialibr ... mpacts.jpg
...has the impact (red mark) matching what seems to be panel 20 in Rükl's Atlas of the Moon, maybe somewhere around craters Euler and Pytheas.

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Re: Bright explosion on moon visible from Earth

Post by Christopher K. » May 23rd, 2019, 2:28 pm

There is a wealth of features to spy on the lunar surface. It is quite rare, but one may see a brief and small impact on the Moon during viewing. It's very rare that a human being is looking at the right place and at the right time. Maybe if a lot of us look on a regular basis...

The lecture "Journeys to the Moon" is offered to the public by the Highland Road Park Observatory on Friday 28 June at 7:30pm. Its purpose is to explain to absolute beginners how to commence observations of the Moon. The talk is for a general adult audience and has no admission fee.

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