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May 21 2013, 2:32am CDT | by , in News | Misc

An explosion of a meteorite on the moon caused a brief but bright explosion that was visible from the earth. The moon explosion was caused by boulder-sized meteorite and was monitored by an observatory set up by NASA.

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Moon Explosion Visible on Earth

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On March 17th, 2013, the moon explosion took place for only a second or so yet it was very bright and visible from the planet earth’s surface. However, so many missed it since it lasted a fraction of a second. The brightness was the only clue that gave it away. It was tenfold times as bright as anything ever seen before. Since the year 2005 a monitoring facility has been in action at NASA. It is an ideal place for observing the space debris that strikes the moon and may hit earth as well. Nevertheless, there is no particular reason for alarm since the earth has a thick atmosphere that causes many meteorites to burn out before they have a chance of landing on the ground. Its satellite, the moon has no protection and is an airless barren object. That is why the meteorites hit the moon intact and cause damage.

This particular meteorite was the largest in recorded history to have hit the already crater-pitted surface of the moon, accroding to NASA. The radius was less than a meter and it weighed approximately 40 kilograms. It went off in a blaze of glory at the moment of impact. The explosion was equivalent to an earthly detonation of five tons of dynamite which is a lot. The natural missile of sorts had a speed of 56,000 miles per hour. As the moon has no oxygen, the obvious question that occurs is: how did the act of combustion take place? The experts at NASA say that it was molten rock that had erupted from the surface and caused a level of brightness that matched that of a 4th magnitude star.
 
With recent explosions of meteors in Russia which caused significant catastrophic consequences, the scientists are carefully observing space for any signs of impending objects. Although craters on earth are a very rare sight, there’s no harm in staying on the safe side by monitoring these unpredictable natural phenomena. Besides this the more worrying aspects of the recent event are the effects on astronauts who land on the moon. Was an asteroid, no matter how small, to strike near these human subjects it would wreak havoc. Loss of human life is not worth the exploratory drive. Better to be safe rather than sorry.

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