CBBC Newsround: A meteor hits during the blood moon eclipse!

CBBC Newsround: A meteor hits during the blood moon eclipse!

CBBC Newsround: A meteor hits during the blood moon eclipse!

This weekend's lunar eclipse, the Super Blood Wolf Moon was visible to a large portion of the population, and many, many cameras were trained on the Moon. This alignment causes light from the Sun to be refracted, making the Moon appear to be a reddish color. Well, our friends at Space.com said this: on Sunday, "Tonight's total lunar eclipse is occurring while the moon is near it's closest point to Earth for the month, which some call a "supermoon".

Lunar impacts are common, but what makes this one so fun is the sheer number of telescopes turned toward the moon for eclipse observations. The MIDAS project uses data from several astronomical observatories throughout the country to track flashes on the moon's surface and gather information about the rate of lunar impacts, which in turn can tell astronomers about the frequency of impacts in the Earth's atmosphere. Because this event was seen by multiple observers separated by thousands of miles, the only conclusion is that something hit the moon, and its impact event was recorded on video. "I was really, really happy".

According to Gizmodo, astronomers first started monitoring lunar impacts in 1997. This 24-second video of the impact was released by Jose Maria Madiedo at the University of Huelva in Spain.

What is a super blood moon? In this case, MIDAS scored a home run, and it was the first time the system was able to spot an impact during a total lunar eclipse. "But I made the extra effort to prepare the new telescopes because I had the feeling that this time would be 'the time, ' and I did not want to miss an impact flash. It was a very exciting moment because I knew such a thing had never been recorded before".

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