Friday, May 17, 2013

Bright explosion on the Moon

"On March 17, 2013, an object about the size of a small boulder hit the lunar surface in Mare Imbrium," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office.

"It exploded in a flash nearly 10 times as bright as anything we've ever seen before."

Anyone looking at the Moon at the moment of impact could have seen the explosion — no telescope required.

For about one second, theimpact site was glowing like a 4th magnitude star.

[photo, video]