NASA watching lunar impacts from meteoroids

Posted on: 10:21 pm, May 18, 2013, by

A meteoroid struck the surface of the moon recently, causing an explosion that was visible on Earth without the aid of a telescope

The object struck the lunar surface at speeds of 56,000 miles-per-hour on March 17.

The impact was so powerful, the flash of bright light from the blast could be seen on Earth with the naked eye.

NASA just released the information about the collision on Friday.

The space agency’s astronomers have been monitoring the moon for the past eight years, looking for explosions caused by meteoroids.

It’s part of a program designed to find and monitor space debris that could hit the Earth.

NASA reports it sees hundreds of detectbale lunar meteoroid impacts a year.

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