Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Two Meteorites Collide with the Moon in New ESA Footage

Article Written By: Kyle Tam


  The European Space Agency (ESA) has recently posted new footage of a pair of flashes that occurred on the moon on July 17 and July 18. The images come courtesy of the Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS) located in Spain.
  The moon received these wayward meteoroids from space while passing through the dusty tail of Comet 169P/NEAT. While the original meteoroids - fragments of the midsummer Alpha Capricornids meteor shower - were detected from Earth, they were likely only the size of a walnut each, researchers said.
  "For at least a thousand years, people have claimed to witness short-lived phenomena occurring on the face of the moon," ESA officials said in the statement. "By definition, these transient flashes are hard to study, and determining their cause remains a challenge.
  "For this reason, scientists are studying these 'transient lunar phenomena' with great interest, not only for what they can tell us about the moon and its history, but also [for what they can tell us] about Earth and its future," the officials added.

Read more about this fascinating story at: https://www.space.com/41356-watch-two-meteorites-hit-the-moon.html

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