A Meteorite Hit the Moon During Monday’s Total Lunar Eclipse

A Meteorite Hit the Moon During Monday’s Total Lunar Eclipse

A meteorite hit the moon during Monday’s total lunar eclipse The impact happened at 4:41:38 am GMT exactly, or 11:41:38 pm ET 21 January, 2019 The confirmation of the impact came this morning from the Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS), a project developed by the University of Huelva and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalucia. MIDAS uses three observatories to capture transient events happening on the surface of the Moon. Monitoring these impacts is very important. By learning about what is hitting the lunar surface we can better understand the space environment around the Earth-Moon system. Plus it...
What is the Difference Between an Asteroid, a Meteor and a Meteorite?

What is the Difference Between an Asteroid, a Meteor and a Meteorite?

  The three are often mistaken – especially when two of them flew near the Earth in the same day, as happened about 10 days ago.Here you can find a short explanation. Asteroids are rocky objects in space smaller than planets. They’re sometimes called minor planets or planetoids, according to NASA It is believed to be the remains of the protoplanetary disk from which the planets in the Solar System are formed. Millions of asteroids circling in orbit around the Sun, about 750,000 of which in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Some have even their own satellites. The meteor is...