A Meteor impact? On September 11 2013, astronomers spotted a bright flash of light on the moon.
According to new data, this mysterious light resulted from an asteroid, meteor or comets smashing on the lunar surface. A new crater about 34 meters in diameter has been discovered on the Moon’s surface.
Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS) detected the eight seconds flash of light on September 11, 2013. These are usually little more than blips, but the impact last year was visible for more than eight seconds. It’s the largest impact ever detected by MIDAS.
The new crater appeared in Mare Nubium. With updated images of Mare Nubium, it’s clear a new crater formed. The new images even show ejecta scattered around the site. The new crater is 34 meters (111 feet) in diameter. The object that triggered the crater was no more than a few meters across.
These findings were presented in a scientific paper called ‘A large lunar impact blast on 2013 September 11‘.