It has been discovered that a basketball-sized meteorite has crashed the moon during the latest lunar eclipse
Numerous people were vigilantly watching the total lunar eclipse in the month January 21st, when suddenly they observed that something had crashed the moon. This created a flash of light. Both professional and amateur astronomers have used the photographs that were taken by chance to predict the size of the object that hit the moon.
1.All you need to know about the event
An astronomer named Jorge Zuluaga and his team of amateur astronomers came together to work on the images taken in Colombia and the Dominican Republic. Also, the video made during the live stream on TimeAndDate.com in Morocco was taken into account for further information.
It was discovered that the hit of the object had resulted in an energy equivalent to half of a ton of TNT.
A newspaper published in the month January 28 at arXiv.org stated that this force generated on the moon was approximately an amount of energy that could be released by an object of a size of about as small as a softball or a basketball.
If we talk about its mass then it was estimated to be as much as a few cans of paint, that would be between 7 to 40 kilograms. The speed of the object was calculated to be 13.8 kilometers per second.
2.What part did the astronomers playin the whole incident?
Zuluaga, who is from the University of Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia, could not catch the lunar eclipse due to the formation of clouds. But the very next day he saw the reports of the observations of the lunar eclipse in a Twitter report that stated that a ray of light had been observed which was predicted to be a meteorite crash. He immediately reached some of the amateur astronomers he had worked with before and got to know that many of them had the incident captured on their cameras.
Zuluaga and his team of astronomers looked closely upon the incident and came to the conclusion that the object that crashed the moon had left behind a crater of about 5 to 10 meters wide. This scar can be viewed by the present or future lunar orbiter.
Another thing which is very obvious after this incident is that such meteorites hit the moon every now and then, and that it is not a rare incident. This was also confirmed by Zuluaga who stated that if such strikes were taking place less often than having it observed on just an hour long of lunar eclipse time period is a very big coincidence. Even before this incident took place it has been predicted that such objects crash the moon every hour, on average.
Zuluaga also stated that such incidents play a fundamental role in bringing professional and amateur astronomers closer together as a team. This results in new discoveries and theories.
He also claimed that such fascinating events mean much more to the amateur astronomers than to the professional ones. And when they will work together, it will prove to be beneficial on both hands.