Meteorite strikes moon during full lunar eclipse

Meteorite strikes moon during full lunar eclipse

Meteorite strikes moon during full lunar eclipse

An awesome supercut video from The Virtual Telescope Project by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi in Ceccano, Italy showcases fantastic views of the Super Blood Wolf Moon lunar eclipse of January 20, 2019.

It happened this weekend during the super blood moon and experts think it's the first time it's ever happened during a lunar eclipse.

Madiedo observed the meteorite flash through Spain's Moons Impacts Detection and Analysis System, also known as MIDAS, which is run by the University of Huelva and the Institution of Astrophysics of Andalucia.

Software is then used to analyse the position and moment of the impact on the Moon with an accuracy of about 0.001 seconds.

As it turns out, the eclipse was even more special than most observers had noticed, as the Moon was actually struck by a meteorite while everyone was gazing in wonder at its rusty appearance.

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MIDAS astronomer Jose Maria Madiedo shared the footage online writing: "The impact flash has been recorded by telescopes operating in the framework of MIDAS Survey from Europe".

"We employ an array of telescopes endowed with high-sensitivity cameras that monitor the lunar surface in order to detect these events", Madiedo told ABC News. After some sleuthing, the original poster and others were able to find the bright flash in several videos from streams taken by different observatories.

"In total I spent nearly two days without sleeping, including the monitoring time during the eclipse", Madiedo explained to Gizmodo. "I had a feeling, this time will be the time it will happen", he said. "The flash was produced by a rock (a meteoroid) that hit the lunar ground".

As for the Blood Moon part, the folks at Earthsky.org say, "A full moon almost always appears coppery red during a total lunar eclipse".

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