Moon Smash Could Be Seen From Earth
Big rock slammed into it last month, says NASA
By John Johnson, Newser Staff | Suggested by AstroDude
Posted May 18, 2013 10:23 AM CDT
An artist's rendering of the recent moon hit.   (NASA)

(Newser) – If you happened to be glancing skyward the night of March 17 and noticed a bright flash on the moon, NASA has your explanation: A meteor slammed into it, reports National Geographic. A 90-pound rock hit the moon at 56,000mph, creating an explosion 10 times brighter than any previously seen in eight years of monitoring lunar meteor strikes—and bright enough to be seen from Earth. NASA figures the rock probably left a crater about 65 feet wide. The Earth is better protected than the moon against such strikes because of its atmosphere, explains, but we get our share.

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May 20, 2013 11:20 AM CDT
I guess the moon won't say "Pizza Time" for while.
May 19, 2013 9:00 AM CDT
Certainly the size and weight of the object had to be an estimation, and 90lbs is a very small 'rock' from a cosmic perspective. You have to believe when the earth is ground zero for an impending impact of a massive asteroid there will be little or no fanfare or warning. (Except for the powers that be. No doubt they will do all they can to ensure their own survival.) Guess the key to living a secure life is taking it a day at a time and realizing there are no guarantees for tomorrow.
May 18, 2013 8:22 PM CDT