In the end, it turns out that the great eclipse that we just lived came loaded with extra surprises that we didn't have. Now a video was published in which you can see how a meteorite hit the moon, and was picked up by the cameras.
At the time, eight telescopes They aimed at the Moon to record this moment that could be immortalized during the event loaded with phenomena that rarely occur all at once.
Recall that the lunar eclipse we talked about took place at dawn on January 21 and could be seen in much of the world. At that time, millions of people looked to the sky to observe this event that was accompanied by a wolf blood supermoon.
A meteorite hit the Moon to the surprise of many during the eclipse
However, this already spectacular astronomical event still held a phenomenon that, although at first glance could not be observed, was captured by various powerful telescopes.
While it is normal for any planet or satellite to be hit by asteroids, which happens almost daily, it is not normal for it to happen at a time when the Moon is being eclipsed by the Earth in front of the Sun in perfect alignment.
On this occasion, thanks to the astrophysicist José María Madiedo, of the MIDAS project, the Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System, which was the one that managed to record this unique moment, the image could be obtained.
The astrophysicist of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia and the University of Huelva used the MIDAS telescope to immortalize this moment, but added additional telescopes to ensure that the entire lunar surface was monitored so as not to lose any event that could happen.
In total, there were eight telescopes that pointed directly at the Moon to immortalize any possible impact and event that happened on the lunar surface. However, this event is seen in the video as a kind of flash. But it is still a historical and unique fact.
As has been known, it would be a comet fragment that approached the Moon more than 50,000 kilometers per hour to end directly on the surface of the satellite.
In this case, the Moon, since it does not have an atmosphere that protects its surface, cannot cause these types of objects to disintegrate. Thus, the piece of rock hit the satellite frontally.