Link- A Meteoroid hits the Moon, and NASA’s got the movie to prove it!

On May 2, 2006, a meteoroid impacted the Moon in the Sea of Clouds, and NASA somehow had a 10″ telescope recording video at the time. The impact produced an explosion equivalent to 4 tons of TNT, and judging from the movie, it hit in the shaded portion of the Moon and was easily visible.

Check out this NASA web site to see the impact for yourself, and read up on some of the science and history behind the observation. It turns out that this wasn’t the first recorded Moon strike, but so far it is the best.

Scientists are working on automating the process of finding Moon strike movies. Currently it takes a person to view the video tape, preferably slowed down, to find the speedy flashes. In future, a computer could do this tedious work, and much faster.

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