Astronomers from around the world often watchevents that occur on the moon, especially during a lunar eclipse. However, rarely two cosmic events occur simultaneously - as, for example, during a lunar eclipse on January 21, when a meteorite fell on the surface of the Earth’s satellite.
According to the Spanish astronomer Jose MariaMadiedo, he set up eight telescopes this time instead of four, so he managed to see an unusual flash, which is very similar to the trail of a meteorite falling to the moon.
His video added a photo of another astronomer from the Netherlands - he was able to photograph the moment of the fall. The white point is clearly visible in the picture, it is precisely it that is the supposed meteorite.
Full Image and Crop. However, it has been stretched since it was no flats. There is mag 8.5 star HIP 39869 in upper left corner as brightness reference. pic.twitter.com/kxWJvZwRzG
- Christian Fröschlin (@chrfrde) January 22, 2019</ p>
If you calculate the coordinates of the fall (it iswest of the crater Lagrange H.), this place will be able to photograph the American apparatus Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Thus, scientists will find out whether or not a meteorite fell on the moon during an eclipse.
The meteorite fell on the moon
Now scientists are in the process of calculating the mass and size of the object. The Spanish astronomer believes that the mass of a meteorite is about two kilograms, and in size it does not exceed a football.
The lunar eclipse of January 21 was clearly visible in the north-west of the European part of Russia, in the Urals, Siberia and the Far East. Did you manage to catch him? Share your impressions in our Telegram chat.