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Message 221331 - Posted: 25 Dec 2005, 22:13:59 UTC


NASA Astronomers Spot Rare Lunar Meteor Strike

Astronomers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., have recorded a small but powerful meteoroid strike in the night on the moon’s surface.

On Nov. 7, using a 10-inch-diameter telescope, astronomers recorded a tiny blip northwest of Mare Imbrium, the moon's "Sea of Showers." Such impacts are not uncommon, but it was only in 1999 that scientists first recorded a lunar strike as it happened.

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Message 224584 - Posted: 2 Jan 2006, 7:39:11 UTC

It would have been interesting to have been able to capture chunks of the meteorite to study. Although most likely they came from the asteroid belt that is between Mars and Jupiter or from the asteroid rings around Jupiter. Would have been interesting to see the meteorite impact that surface of the moon.


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