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Battered moon syndrome: Meteror impact’s flash lasted 8 seconds

Spanish astronomers spotted a meteorite with a mass of about half a tonne crashing into the lunar surface last September. They say the collision would have generated a flash of light so bright that it would have been visible from Earth. …

moonflash2“This is the largest, brightest impact we have ever observed on the Moon,” said Prof Jose Madiedo, of the University of Huelva in south-western Spain. “Usually lunar impacts have a very short duration – just a fraction of a second. But the impact we detected lasted over eight seconds. It was almost as bright as the Pole Star, which makes it the brightest impact event that we have recorded from Earth,” said Prof Madiedo.

The researchers say a lump of rock weighing about 400kg (900lb) and travelling at 61,000km/h (38,000mph) slammed into the surface of the Moon. …

The team believes the impact has left behind a 40m-wide crater.

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