A Japanese astronomer has captured rare footage of a meteorite crashing into the moon

Eva Homicio


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The moon is constantly bombarded by meteorites, but it is practically impossible to observe this phenomenon from Earth. Most objects in space are too small and dark to be seen as they approach our satellite.

However, astronomer Daichi Fujii from Japan managed to capture a bright flash - the moment the meteorite hit the moon.

"I was able to capture the biggest lunar impact flash in my observation history! " Fujii wrote on Twitter. According to the astronomer, the flash was visible for about an hour.

It should be noted that meteorites also occasionally fall to Earth. For example, at the beginning of 2023, an international group of researchers discovered one of the largest meteorites on the continent during an expedition to Antarctica. Its size is comparable to a watermelon, and it weighs 7.7 kg.

Scientists say that meteorites fall to Earth uniformly, and Antarctica is not a unique region in this regard. However, the pure white ice covering the continent allows for easy observation.

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