A meteorite smashes into the moon’s surface with such ferocity the explosion is visible from Earth!
As video descriptions go, this is a promising one.
And indeed it’s true – astronomers captured the moment that a lump of rock weighing 400g (63st) and travelling at 61,000 km/h (40,000 mph) collided with our tide-bothering celestial friend, leaving it with a fresh crater about 40 metres wide.
However, anyone expecting Armageddon-style explosions with vapour trails and an Aerosmith soundtrack prepare to be disappointed. The footage is more ‘ZX Spectrum’ than Hollywood CGI department.
Brattishs complaint aside, this is the biggest lunar explosion ever recorded, and had you happened to be looking skyward on the day it happened last year, you’d have seen a flash as bright as the Pole Star lingering for almost ten second in the sky.
A close call for Earth? Not really. As you’ll remember vaguely from primary school physics, our planet is protected by an atmosphere that would have burnt this meteorite to dust before it could get anywhere near us.
The moon, on the other hand, has no such force-field, which accounts for how acne- scarred it's come to look over the past 4.5 billion years or so.
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