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Meteorite impact on moon at 4 Sept 2019 19:54 GMT?

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#1 munirocks

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 06:49 AM

I was setting up the scope last night  on the moon and thought I saw a momentary point of light in the central dark portion of the moon. It was very bright and lasted around 2 seconds. I didn't get a proper look at it because it happened when was first setting up. I was just getting the moon centered in the field of view and was in the middle of panning and focussing, and just caught a glimpse of it.

 

Did anyone happen to have a lunar video running at around 19:54 GMT (20:54 British Summer Time), 4 September 2019 to catch it?

It could've been an Iridium satellite flair but I don't think it was moving. 


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Posted 05 September 2019 - 07:37 AM

I think there are monitoring projects for lunar impacts. Might be worth a look to see if any of those were monitoring at the time. 



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Posted 06 September 2019 - 09:24 AM

Impact flashes on the moon are usually very short ... less than 1/2 second and most are around 1/30th of a second. A flash lasting 2 seconds would be a major event. However, catching an extended flash from an earth orbiting object is not all that unusual.

 

What you most likely observed ... imho ... was a flash from a satellite/rocket body/debris in orbit that was transiting the dark half of the moon at the time. Since the exact time is an unknown, here's a couple of possibilities for your location and time:

 

1.) Dark side moon transit at 19:49:50 GMT .... DMSP 5D-3 F18 DEB  #35954 ... debris from a U.S. military weather satellite.

 

2.) Dark side moon transit at 19:59:20 GMT ... Fengyun 1C DEB #36269 ... debris from a Chinese weather satellite used to test killer satellite technology.

 

Nice catch .....


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Posted 07 September 2019 - 02:52 AM

Thanks for the data. Very interesting. 


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