Amateur and professional astronomers alike got an exciting treat during January’s blood moon–a meteor impacted the surface of the moon while all eyes were on the skies.
While scientists say that meteors of the size observe strike the moon about once a week, seeing one during the blood moon marks a novel occasion. Never before have scientists recorded a meteor striking the moon during a lunar eclipse.
At this point, scientists are looking forward to being able to see the crater that this meteor created when it struck the moon, which provides data on the impact of meteors both on the moon and on Earth.
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