Astronomer records video of asteroid smashing into the Moon
2014-02-24 0:00

From: Descrier

An astronomer has caught on video the moment that an asteroid, weighing an estimated 400kg, smashed into the Moon at 38,000 miles per hour (61,150 km/h).

Professor Jose Maria Madiedo of the University of Huelva, Spain, saw the images whilst operating two telescopes at 20:07 GMT on 11th September 2013, but has now published his report by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS).

The impact shows up as a bright flash of light followed by an afterglow that lasts around eight seconds, making it the largest lunar impact ever recorded, and equivalent to around 15 tonnes of TNT.


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