A meteor hit the moon during the lunar eclipse in January

Photo: ‘Super blood wolf moon’ inks Durango skies

Close study of the available videos and high-resolution images has shown that the impact occurred at 04:41 Coordinated Universal Time just before totality began.

A blood moon is another name given to a total lunar eclipse, which happens when the Earth moves in between the sun and the moon.

A meteor hit the moon during a lunar eclipse (pictured here from London).

Durango-area residents were treated to a rare celestial event Sunday night known as a "super blood wolf moon" 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. After one Reddit user asked what the flash might have been, astronomers across social media began sifting through video feeds of the eclipse, suspecting a meteor impact. "We also monitor during lunar eclipses, since during these eclipses the lunar ground is dark".

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Madiedo and his research colleagues had been hoping for years to observe a meteorite impact during a lunar eclipse, so during this latest eclipse the team had double the number of telescopes (8, up from 4) pointed at different areas of the moon.

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.

Astronomers managed to capture the moment of an impact during this week's eclipsed moon. "I was really, really happy when this happened".

"But I made the extra effort to prepare the new telescopes because I had the feeling that this time would be 'the time, ' and I did not want to miss an impact flash".

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