Check it out. You can see the flash of a meteorite that struck the moon during Sunday night’s total eclipse. Photos and video here.
This flash on the red, eclipsed moon came from a meteorite strike! EarthSky friend Greg Hogan in Kathleen, Georgia was one of few who noticed he'd caught the flash on film. Thanks for the heads up, Greg!
Most scientists believe the moon and Earth have been bombarded by meteorites at a constant rate for the past few billion years. New research suggests that – in the past 300 million years – it’s been happening 2 to 3 times more frequently.
Prabhakaran A captured this image on a waxing gibbous moon, on November 16, 2018. He wrote: "Three types of land forms make up the moon's surface: impact craters, maria, highlands. The image above depicts the large crater Plato, whose interior of the crater has smoothed over from old lava flows. Lunar Maria are the large, dark, regions of the moon. They do not contain water, as it was believed in past; they are believed to have been formed from molten rock. A portion of Mare Imbrium is visible at the right bottom. It looks smooth and flat with numerous wrinkle ridges to the periphery. The moon's highlands are old mountainous regions. They are light in contrast to the moon's maria. The lunar surface features many mountains, such as Montes Alpes, which frequently border the maria or seas. Comparing the diameters of the Earth and moon, the lunar mountains are proportionally higher. Mons Pico is an isolated mountain with a height of 2,400 meters. It creates an enormous shadow in this picture which shows its height."
New findings suggest that Saturn’s rings formed only 10 to 100 million years ago, during the earthly age of the dinosaurs.
An artist's concept of the Cassini orbiter crossing Saturn's ring plane. New measurements of the rings' mass give scientists the best answer yet to the question of their age. Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech
Have you been watching the 2 brightest planets – Venus and Jupiter- inch closer in the east before sunup? Closest the morning of January 22. Venus is brighter! Photos from the EarthSky community here.
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was January 22, 2019. By January 23, Jupiter - the fainter planet - already appeared slightly above Venus in the morning sky. Jupiter will continue moving up and away from Venus before sunup. But these 2 worlds will remain close into early February, 2019. Photo by Nikunj Rawal
in Jamnagar, India. Thanks, Nikunj!