Cape Canaveral, Florida. – Space rock left a massive crater on the Moon during a total lunar eclipse in January.
Spanish researchers reported on Tuesday a meteorite hit the Moon at 61,000 km per hour, carving a crater about 15 meters across. This was the first blow flash ever seen during a lunar eclipse.
Scientists – working lunar impact detection system using eight telescopes in Spain – believe that is part of the & # 39; the object was a comet fragment of up to 60 centimeters in diameter and 45 kilograms. Impact energy was the equivalent of 1 1/2 tons of TNT.
Astrophysicist José María Madiedo Huelva University said it was "very interesting" to watch the event, after many unsuccessful attempts.
The findings are published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.