Its a by product of the cheap digital camera, the inability to make out the slight light changes and the motion of the camera, same as the camera not
being able to track the shape of the moon properly. If you notice the leap of spots coincides with the sway of the camera but its slightly later
because of the quality of the CCD.
Sorry, not birds, bats or lunar nasties
Just a cheap camera, fading light against the digital zoom which is artifact prone anyway (especially in fading light), mix them all together and the
CCD can't handle it and does it own thing..
Just relooked and I think the artifact does indeed happen at the time it stops being optical focus and becomes digital zoom, hence you only see it
Those poundland camera's just don't cut it
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Thanks for your input. The camera used was a Canon IXUS 125 HS 16.1 mega pixels. Not quite a "poundland camera" as you put it. But also not a
particularly expensive one either. Its more than capable of producing very nice photos, but filming video as the light fades is probably one step too
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Congrats OP, I think you've caught something of genuine and very great interest here. In all honesty, you have to approach NASA with this video. They
would be over the... well.
Taking this whole thing at face value, what you've captured is a meteorite impact at the lunar north pole region, probably on the far side of the
The impactor becomes briefly visible as it looms toward the moon (just at the right of the lunar limb), wallops the moon, and the subsequent moments
(i.e., to the left of the lunar limb) record an arc of ejecta from the impact. (It seems to me to fly up and then fall back toward the lunar
These sorts of lunar events happen fairly often, but it is very rare indeed for the actual impact itself to be videoed. As far as I know, it has never
happened, which is one reason NASA had to bomb the moon in 2009 to study the event.
Here's a video relating to another such impact around the same time as yours.
I repeat: If this is what it seems to be, you have filmed something unique. You need to approach NASA with this, because there is so much science that
could be extracted from your film.
I don't know whether NASA pays for such things, but you ought to establish your intellectual property rights in this footage, because some home movies
become so famous that they are forever linked to the camerman's name. Abraham Zapruder is the obvious example, and while I don't think this film is in
that league of historic recordings, it is 100% something that could mean your name is remembered forever by selenologists and astronomers.
originally posted by: Blue Shift
Seems like something that large hitting the Moon would have a bigger and more lasting effect on both the Moon and the Earth. Dust, for one. Lots of
The impact crater (to my eyes) would be on the far side of the moon, so effectively hidden from us.
My reading is that the ejecta plume was disproportionately reflective, making it look far bigger than it was. From the glimpse we get, it looks like
the impactor was smaller than the amount of ejecta, which is immediately suspect. So reflectivity would explain that imbalance.
And what might be lurking below the lunar surface at the moon's north pole, that would reflect sunlight so brilliantly, and then mostly disappear
(accounting for the lack of detected debris reaching Earth)?
Ice. We know it's there, but not the quantities. Which is why this film could be so extremely important.
Look mate, this clip wasn't filmed to try catch some sort of anomaly in the sky. It was simply 1 of 50 or so short clips filmed to make a silly
documentary for a bit of a laugh. I know its crappy footage, but it was never intended to be used for scientific analysis. I just happened to notice
something odd, so I thought I would share it. Understand?
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