Sunday, May 19, 2013

Lunar meteor shower results in bright impact.

Ever wondered what it would look like if someone set off 5 tons of TNT on the Moon?

OK, so you haven't, but for the past 8 years, NASA astronomers have been monitoring the Moon for signs of explosions caused by meteoroids hitting the lunar surface.  Check out NASA Science News: Bright Explosion on the Moon, May 17, 2013 

"Lunar meteor showers" have turned out to be more common than anyone expected, with hundreds of detectable impacts occurring every year.

They've just seen the biggest explosion in the history of the program.

"On March 17, 2013, an object about the size of a small boulder hit the lunar surface in Mare Imbrium," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "It exploded in a flash nearly 10 times as bright as anything we've ever seen before." 

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