See a rock smack the moon during the super blood wolf eclipse

If you missed the recent Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse, you missed an extra special event, as for the first time, an asteroid was captured impacting the moon during an eclipse. He added that he and colleagues had for years hoped to observe a meteorite impact on the moon during a total lunar eclipse. It got the nickname "Super Blood Wolf Moon" thanks to a combination of labels that may or may not have much meaning, but it was an undeniably cool sight nonetheless.

A cherry moon in a cold sky kept skywatchers looking up Sunday (Jan. 20) as the moon passed into Earth's shadow.

The event took place at 11:41 p.m. ET, with the impact happening "during the totality phase of the lunar eclipse", Madiedo wrote. This 24-second video of the impact was released by Jose Maria Madiedo at the University of Huelva in Spain.

"I was really, really happy when this happened", Madiedo told New Scientist.

While filming an impact flash on the Moon is not uncommon for astronomers, this is the first time in history a one had been captured during a lunar eclipse.

"I was exhausted when the eclipse ended-but when the automatic detection software notified me of a bright flash, I jumped out of my chair". Astroimager Jamie Cooper, from Dustin, England, caught an meteor impact on the moon.

Further investigation will be necessary to determine the size of the meteoroid and obtain pictures of its impact crater, but for a basis of comparison, the LCROSS mission plowed a Centaur upper stage (2.2 tons) into the lunar surface at 2.5 km/s. "We also monitor during lunar eclipses, since during these eclipses the lunar ground is dark". "It was a very exciting moment because I knew such a thing had never been recorded before".

  • Joey Payne