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Watch a Meteor Smack the Blood Moon in This Lunar Eclipse Video!
By Meghan Bartels, Space.com Senior Writer | January 22, 2019 01:00pm ET

This weekend's stunning lunar eclipse seems to have come with a little
extra flash, thanks to a brilliant coincidence — a burst of light at
about the time totality began, marking the end of a meteorite's journey
to the moon.
The meteor strike takes place in the region darkened by Earth's shadow,
as you can see in videos of the eclipse.

There's no reason to worry. The moon regularly suffers impacts; the
collisions are how the lunar surface acquires an average of 140 new
craters a year — and that tally only includes those more than 32.8 feet
(10 meters) across. [Amazing Photos of the Super Blood Wolf Moon!]

The flash of a meteor impact is visible at lower left in this gorgeous
shot of the "Super Blood Wolf Moon" total lunar eclipse of Jan. 20-21,
2019, captured by Brett Ashton.
The flash of a meteor impact is visible at lower left in this gorgeous
shot of the "Super Blood Wolf Moon" total lunar eclipse of Jan. 20-21,
2019, captured by Brett Ashton.
Credit: Brett Ashton
A zoomed-in view of the impact on the moon, photographed by Brett Ashton
during the total lunar eclipse of Jan. 20-21, 2019.
A zoomed-in view of the impact on the moon, photographed by Brett Ashton
during the total lunar eclipse of Jan. 20-21, 2019.
Credit: Brett Ashton
Scientists are sometimes lucky enough to have instruments in the right
place at the right time to catch the flash of light accompanying the
high-speed impact. (A Spanish telescope caught sight of two such impacts
in quick succession in July 2018.) But this impact came as people around
the world looked to the sky — and livestreamed telescope broadcasts — to
watch the total lunar eclipse, the last until 2021.

Meteorite impacts aren't just flashy, there's also real scientific
knowledge to be learned from them. NASA has a team dedicated to
monitoring these flashes because they can teach us about the debris
cluttering our solar system.

There's value to looking back in time as well. The moon's surface offers
a detailed historical record of impacts, since there aren't nearly as
many forces there as on Earth that wipe away craters — no rain, no plate
tectonics. And unlike Earth, the moon doesn't carry a thick protective
atmosphere that burns up smaller pieces of debris. That means the lunar
surface can act as a stand-in for scientists who want to understand how
many impacts have hit Earth over the eons.

The eclipse impact will be one more crater for scientists to pore over.

Email Meghan Bartels at or follow her @meghanbartels.
Follow us @Spacedotcom and Facebook. Original article on Space.com.

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