All the sky watchers were pretty excited this past weekend because they were busy watching the lunar eclipse which is visible from America and some parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia. But this was not the sole reason of excitement as the live watchers got to witness that the moon got struck by a meteorite.
MIDAS impact survey imagery proof
This news was reported by the Astronomer Jose Madiedo who shared a video. He collected this video from the MIDAS survey and showed exactly what happened.
If you see the video, you will notice that on the upper left corner of the moon sphere, a tiny white dot appears only for a fraction of a second and then disappears into the darkness. When the video surfaced, some observers stated they saw a flash for a second before it died as well.
Now the debate has begun over what it was and what might have caused it. According to the Jose, he spent almost two days without sleeping just to calculate and observe the eclipse.
He was super tired when the eclipse ended, but then all of a sudden automatic detection software notified him of a bright flash. He was overly excited because he knew none has ever recorded such a thing.
What is MIDAS
MIDAS is a moon watching survey that records videos of moon surface in hopes of detecting any kind of flashes that might be caused by meteorites or any other such impacts.
About the meteorite, it is being assumed that it weighed around 22 pounds and was not something substantial but big enough to be spotted by the observers and MIDAS survey system as well.