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May 17, 2013: For the past 8 years, NASA astronomers have been monitoring the Moon for signs of explosions caused by meteoroids hitting the lunar surface. "Lunar meteor showers" have turned out to be more common than anyone expected, with hundreds of detectable impacts occurring every year.
They've just seen the biggest explosion in the history of the program.
"On March 17, 2013, an object about the size of a small boulder hit the lunar surface in Mare Imbrium," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "It exploded in a flash nearly 10 times as bright as anything we've ever seen before."
"On the night of March 17, NASA and University of Western Ontario all-sky cameras picked up an unusual number of deep-penetrating meteors right here on Earth," he says. "These fireballs were traveling along nearly identical orbits between Earth and the asteroid belt."
Originally posted by Jefferton
Typical Nasa. Grand title, boring info.
Originally posted by wildespace
It was really the bombing of the secret Nazi base on the moon
Originally posted by JiggyPotamus
I mean just look at our moon, and all of the impact craters it shows on its surface. The earth would look even worse if it were barren and did not have natural processes to cover the scars of past impacts.