Cape Canaveral, Florida – The space rock has 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 38,000 miles per hour (61,000 kilometers per hour), carving a crater 50 miles in diameter. 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 up to 2 feet (60 cm) in diameter and 100 pounds (45 kg). Impact energy was equivalent to 1 ½ 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.