It was called a "super blood wolf moon" because the moon was at its closest point in its orbit to the Earth, making it appear larger than normal, or "super"; a "blood" moon because of the reddish hue from the eclipse; and a "wolf" moon, which is the name for January's full moon.
It happened this weekend during the super blood moon and experts think it's the first time it's ever happened during a lunar eclipse. This project went on to become the MIDAS survey, which is run by Spain's University of Huelva and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalucia.
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In a video from Griffith Observatory, the slam, visible as a brief, bright flash, occurs on the lower left part of the Moon while the scientists discuss the Moon's colour. Lunar meteorite impacts have been filmed previously; this marks the first time one was filmed during a total lunar eclipse.
Further investigation will be necessary to determine the size of the meteoroid and obtain pictures of its impact crater, but for a basis of comparison, the LCROSS mission plowed a Centaur upper stage (2.2 tons) into the lunar surface at 2.5 km/s. "It was a very exciting moment because I knew such a thing had never been recorded before".
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