400-kg meteor hits the moon

QMI Agency

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A meteor the size of a small car crashed into the moon in September in what scientists are calling the biggest lunar impact ever recorded.

And the record-shattering collision produced a flash of light so bright it was visible from Earth, say the researchers from the University of Huelva in Spain.

On Sept. 11, 2013, a 400-kg rock hurtling through space at 61,000 km/h in the Mare Nubium smashed into the surface of the moon, releasing as much energy as 15 tonnes of TNT.

The meteor was 10 times bigger than the last record-holder, a 40-kg rock NASA observed hitting the moon March 17, 2013.

A report on the collision by the University of Huelva's Joe Madiedo, was published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.


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