Did you see it? Astronomers reveal meteoroid on the moon during this week's total lunar eclipse
- During the lunar eclipse earlier this week, some observers saw a small bright flash
- Researchers monitoring the impact on the moon confirmed that it was a meteoroid attack
- The & # 39; super blood wolf moon & # 39; is the last total lunar eclipse that we will see until 2021
As if the & # 39; super blood wolf moon & # 39; this week was not spectacular enough, sky gazers were also treated for seeing a meteoroid impact at the level of the eclipse.
Researchers with the Moon Effects Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS) have confirmed that a small, bright flash observed by some observers was a rogue rock that collided with the moon's surface.
The impact took place around 11:41 am. ET and was recorded in live streams around the world.
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As if the & # 39; super blood wolf moon & # 39; this week was not spectacular enough, sky gazers were also treated for seeing a meteoroid impact at the level of the eclipse. Researchers with the moon effect detection and analysis system (MIDAS) confirmed the small, bright flash
Astrophysicist Jose Maria Madiedo tweeted images of the incredible phenomenon not long after the eclipse.
The impact took place during the totality – when the moon's face glowed a creepy blood red.
While it was over in an instant, the MIDAS survey telescopes watched all this time and documented the fleeting event.
Madiedo saw it at 5:41 am Spanish local time.
The so-called & # 39; super blood wolf moon & # 39; was the first full moon of 2019 and brought the last total lunar eclipse that we will see until May 26, 2021.
At that time, the moon was in its orbit at the closest point to Earth, making it look huge in the night sky.
ITALY: A woman looks at the full moon in the CityLife neighborhood in Milan during the total lunar eclipse on Sunday evening
The full moon of January is already known as the Wolf moon.
It was not only a stroke of luck for the researchers to document the meteoroid impact.
The MIDAS survey is designed to identify these flashes on the dark side of the moon – or the region that is never illuminated by the sun.
& # 39; By studying meteoroids on the moon, we can determine how many rocks and how often, and we can deduce the chance of collisions on Earth & # 39 ;, Madiedo said last year.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: A super moon rises behind the skyline of downtown Los Angeles on Sunday while stargazing around the world keeps their gaze facing the sky at night in an attempt to catch a glimpse of the spectacular & # 39; super blood wolf moon & # 39;
CALIFORNIA: A total lunar eclipse that includes a & # 39; Super Blood Wolf Moon & # 39; is shown late on Sunday in Encinitas, California
WHAT IS A LUNAR ECLIPSE?
An eclipse occurs when a planet or moon passes between another planet, moon or the sun.
Depending on their jobs, they can be complete or partial.
A lunar eclipse is a specific event that occurs when the Earth is directly between the sun and the moon.
When this happens, the earth blocks the light from the sun to the moon. The shadow of the earth then falls on the moon.
During a lunar eclipse we can see the shadow of the earth on the moon.
They can last a few hours, but it is rare that a total eclipse period lasts longer than 100 minutes.
At least two lunar eclipses occur every year.
The moon will also be slightly closer to the earth, making it appear brighter than normal, called a Super Moon. These unique factors result in a combination of a & # 39; Super Blood Wolf Moon & # 39 ;. This image shows how a lunar eclipse takes place
Lunar eclipse, such as the beginning of the week, makes it easier to recognize potential effects because, according to Madiedo, they darken the surface.
The nocturnal eclipse, or Blood Moon, was visible on Sunday evening in many parts of the world, including all of North America and parts of Europe and Africa.
Other regions, including the Middle East and the rest of Africa, were able to catch a glimpse of a partial solar eclipse at the moon.