Lunar asteroid impact caught on video

By Science News Staff, 09:45 AM February 25, 2014

Guest post by Christopher Crockett

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On September 11, a dishwasher-sized meteoroid slammed into the nearside of the moon, exploding with the equivalent of 16 tons of TNT — and a lucky team of Spanish astronomers caught it on video.

The eight-second flash could be seen with the naked eye, making it the brightest and longest lunar impact ever recorded. While the resulting 50-meter-wide crater is too small to see with Earth-based telescopes, lunar orbiters are close enough to get a goo...

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