New Crater on The Moon | Weather
Earlier this year the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the largest meteor to strike the surface of the Moon in the 8 year history! Scientists were pouring over data from the LRO when they noticed a massive burst of light on March 17th. They went back and noticed that it was a meteor that was the size of a boulder and was traveling at an astounding 59,000mph!!! The explosion was as bright as a magnitude 4 star and the impact crater that it made was the size of half a football field.
Scientists believe that the meteor that struck the Moon was also a part of a meteor shower that had affected the Earth that same day.
"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," Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office said in a statement in May. "These fireballs were traveling along nearly identical orbits between Earth and the asteroid belt."
The Earth has an atmosphere that literally burns objects up as they penetrate the atmosphere. This is due to massive amounts of friction that meteors run into, these space rocks literally burn up as they try to slam into the Earth. SInce the moon has absolutely no atmosphere at all, these meteors slam straight into the surface of the Moon and create these massive craters!! This is the reason the Moon is littered with thousands of craters.
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