A Meteor Struck the Moon During the Total Lunar Eclipse

Katie Ramirez
January 25, 2019

It was called a "super blood wolf moon" because the moon was at its closest point in its orbit to the Earth, making it appear larger than normal, or "super"; a "blood" moon because of the reddish hue from the eclipse; and a "wolf" moon, which is the name for January's full moon.

The event took place at 11:41 p.m. ET, with the impact happening "during the totality phase of the lunar eclipse", Madiedo wrote.

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

A meteor hit the moon during a lunar eclipse (pictured here from London).

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Footage of the impact shows the meteor hitting the Moon during the total lunar eclipse-a relatively rare celestial event where Earth sits directly between the Sun and the Moon. This 24-second video of the impact was released by Jose Maria Madiedo at the University of Huelva in Spain. The so-called super blood wolf moon painted the satellite in brilliant shades of orange and red for just over 5 hours.

The MIDAS survey is a Moon-watching that scours video of its surface in the hopes of detecting the tiny flashes associated with meteorite impacts. Even a small meteoroid can create a bright flash when it hits the lunar surface.

"But I made the extra effort to prepare the new telescopes because I had the feeling that this time would be 'the time, ' and I did not want to miss an impact flash".

This is not the first time an impact event has been recorded on the moon. He said that this lunar impact was significant because it was the first time astrophysicists in this field of research were able to record a lunar impact during a lunar eclipse.

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