It could be seen from Earth with the naked eye
On the night of May 17, NASA equipment, for 8 years tracking the fall of meteorites on the moon, as part of Lunar Impact Monitoring, recorded a powerful flash in the region of the Sea of Rains. Bright it is 10 times superior to all previously observed. How to say the astronomers, the flash was seen from Earth with the naked eye. Unless, of course, someone is lucky enough to draw attention to it.
According to an analyst at the center of Marshall Ron Suggs (Ron Suggs, an analyst at the Marshall Space Flight Center), who first noticed The alarm of fire, the moon meteorite hit the diameters of about half a meter and a weight of 40 kilograms. He crashed into the surface of our natural satellite at a rate of 90,000 miles per hour. The energy of the explosion was 5 tons of TNT. Remains on the surface funnel about 20 meters in diameter.
NASA finds meteorites that have fallen to the moon. Keeps track of the flares on the surface. Thus, experts estimate the density of the meteoroid environment faced by the Earth. After all, they hit the planet and the moon almost simultaneously. So this time, along with the lunar flash astronomers recorded the occurrence of several meteorites in Earth's atmosphere. It seems that we were visited by a small swarm.
The Americans have marked all the meteorites that have fallen to the moon for the last 8 years. The one that gave rise to the brightest flash, fell into the Sea of Rains (red box)
In the near future, NASA plans to accurately determine the location and photograph of a meteorite crater resulting from the board of the probe Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which is now in orbit of the moon.