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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The most devastating meteor strike on the Moon

Scientists claim that they managed to observe the devastating meteorite impact that is now said to be "the most devastating meteor strike that human ever seen". The astronomers from Spain witnessed a meteor with a mass of half a ton mashing the Moon in September 2013.
The most devastating meteor strike successfully observed by astronomers Spain. (Picture from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/)
They said the collision that resulted in very bright light. Because of the light, to be seen from Earth. Meteor events were reported in the Monthly Notices journal of the Royal Astronomical Society. Meteor that has reached the surface of the Moon are called meteorites.

"This is a big collision and the brightest we have ever observed on the Moon," said Jose Madiedo, a astronomer from the University of Huelva, Spain. The explosion was observed due to the collision with the Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System (Midas) on the telescope in Spain on September 12, 2013 at 3:04 pm.
An artist's illustration of an 880-lb. (400 kg.) space rock just before it slammed into the moon on Sept. 11, 2013 to create the brightest lunar impact flash ever seen. (Picture from: http://www.mnn.com/)
"Usually, the collisions on the Moon (producing light) only of short duration, only a fraction of a second. However, we are witnessing a collision that lasts more than 8 seconds. 's Almost as bright as the Pole Star, the brightest make it as successful collisions were recorded on Earth," said Madiedo as quoted by the BBC, on Monday, February 24, 2014..

Meteor is the source of the collision is estimated to have a mass of 400 kg and moves at a speed of 61,000 kph. Scientists believe a meteor that has a diameter from 0.6 to 1.4 meters it releases energy equal to 15 tons of TNT when mashing the Moon. The collision was beating the previous record of the largest collision in March 2013 that only one-third as well as the result of a meteor mass of 40 kg and a diameter of 0.3-0.4 meters.

Madiedo and colleagues believe that the collision in September 2013 that resulted in the formation of a crater 40 meters in diameter. Common meteor strike on the Moon. Earth's satellite does not have atmosphere so a small space rock that could grind the surface. As with the Earth's has atmosphere layers, celestial bodies need to have a larger size in order to reach the Earth's surface.. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BBC]
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