Astronomers managed to capture the moment they commented on the impact of the moon during the lunar eclipse on January 21st. Spanish astrophysicist José Maria Maddo from Huelva University said the impact was seen by the telescopes in Spain and elsewhere as bright lightning.
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The effect of the comet on the moon during the lunar epicide, according to Maddo, is perceived as a crater forming a flash. The object hit at an approximate speed of 10 miles (17 kilometers) per second, and was 22 pounds (10 kilograms) and 12 inches (30 cm) wide, according to Maddox.
Video of the moment of impact
The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles also recorded the impact during the live eclipse transmission. The second flash was seen a minute after the first of some observers, says Anthony Cook, an astronomical observer at Griffith.
"It was in the brightest part of the moon image," Cook said of the second suspected shot, "and there may not be enough contrast to make the flash visible in our video."
Madiedo said that impact monitoring is usually done five days before and after the new moon, when glare can be easily monitored.
To take advantage of the eclipse of more than three hours, he installs four more telescopes in addition to the four who work in the Seville Observatory. "I did not want to miss out on any potential impact event," he explained in an email.
"I could not sleep for almost two days, I put and tested additional instruments and observation in the night of January 21," he writes. "I was really exhausted when the eclipse was over.
The computer programs then warned him of the impact.
I jumped out of the chair I sat on. I'm really happy because I think the effort is rewarded, "he said.
Observing the Moon can help scientists better predict the speed of impact not only on the Moon, but on Earth, Maddox noted. Helps implement the Moon or MIDAS impact detection and analysis system in Spain.