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Huge meteoroid strike dazzles scientists

Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 00:40

May 18 - An automated telescope monitoring the moon captures the largest meteoroid strike since monitoring began. Tom Dinham reports.

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This is the moment a 44-pound meteor strikes the lunar surface as recorded by NASA scientists. The impact created a flash of light so bright it would have been noticeable to anyone looking at the moon at the moment of impact, even without a telescope. The explosion, which occurred on March 17, was the biggest seen since NASA began monitoring the moon for meteoroid impacts eight years ago. So far, more than 300 strikes have been recorded. A NASA satellite orbiting the moon is now on a hunt for the newly formed crater, which scientists estimate could be as wide as 66 feet.

Huge meteoroid strike dazzles scientists

Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 00:40

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