Publicado: Vie, Enero 25, 2019
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

See Cheyenne's View of the Blood Moon Eclipse

See Cheyenne's View of the Blood Moon Eclipse

A 'super blood Moon' eclipse might sound cool enough, but the total lunar eclipse of January 2019 has now gone down in history.

A small and quick flash was first spotted during eclipse live streams at 11:41 PM ET, just as the eclipse started. Right around the time of totality, a meteoroid crashed into the moon, and it was visible from Earth. The total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the Earth's shadow.

Meteorites and asteroids are hitting Earth and the moon all the time, but it's rare for us humans to witness such an event taking place during the most recent lunar eclipse. This project went on to become the MIDAS survey, which is run by Spain's University of Huelva and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalucia.

Such a scene has been long-sought by astronomers, but proved elusive until now, even with the frequency of lunar eclipses.

The impact was also confirmed by the Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS), which uses telescopes equipped with high-sensitivity video cameras to continuously record footage.

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According to an article published by NewScientist, a meteorite struck the moon's surface during the total lunar eclipse that happened Sunday night and early Monday morning.

You can see that flash in this video.

"In total I spent nearly two days without sleeping, including the monitoring time during the eclipse", Madiedo explained to Gizmodo.

Madiedo said lunar impact monitoring generally is conducted five days before and after a new moon, when flashes can be easily observed.

'Could this have been a meteor impact on the moon?' one person wrote. "It was a very exciting moment because I knew such a thing had never been recorded before".

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