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Lunar Impacts

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Lunar Impacts

Mission statement: Use Earth-based observations of the dark portion of the moon to establish the rates and sizes of large meteoroids (greater than 10s of grams or a few ounces in mass) striking the lunar surface.

Why it is important: The Meteoroid Environment Office is charged with developing an understanding of the meteoroid environment.  Lunar impact monitoring enables measurement of meteoroids in the 10s of grams to kilograms size range which are difficult to measure with other techniques.
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2015-2016 Impact Candidates (last updated 05/25/2016)

ID
#
UT Date UT Time Video Frames
(1/30 s)
Probable
Type
Tele-
scopes
332 24 Mar 15 01:47:08 4 Shower two 14"
333 25 Mar 15 01:45:27 1 Shower two 14"
334 25 Mar 15 01:46:16 1 Shower two 14"
335 25 Mar 15 02:56:26 1 Shower two 14"
336 22 Apr 15 02:09:02 1 Lyrid two 14"
337 23 May 15 02:30:51 3 Unk two 14"
338 18 Sep 15 00:36:23 2 Unk two 14"
339 19 Sep 15 01:01:14 2 Unk two 14"
340 19 Sep 15 01:33:05 1 Unk two 14"
341 19 Oct 15 01:23:29 1 Shower two 14"
342 19 Oct 15 02:31:30 1 Shower two 14"
343 19 Oct 15 23:46:37 1 Shower two 14"
344 20 Oct 15 00:40:40 1 Shower two 14"
345 20 Oct 15 01:38:46 1 Shower two 14"
346 14 Dec 15 23:26:23 1 Geminid two 14"
347 14 Dec 15 23:27:11 1 Geminid two 14"
348 14 Dec 15 23:27:30 1 Geminid two 14"
349 14 Dec 15 23:27:38 1 Geminid two 14"
350 14 Dec 15 23:30:44 1 Geminid two 14"
351 14 Dec 15 23:39:41 1 Geminid two 14"
352 14 Dec 15 23:42:27 1 Geminid two 14"
353 15 Dec 15 00:00:23 1 Geminid two 14"
354 15 Dec 15 00:04:51 1 Geminid two 14"
355 15 Dec 15 00:05:31 2 Geminid two 14"
356 15 Dec 15 00:07:22 2 Geminid two 14"
357 15 Dec 15 00:08:57 2 Geminid two 14"
358 15 Dec 15 00:12:02 2 Geminid two 14"
359 15 Dec 15 00:13:36 1 Geminid two 14"
360 15 Dec 15 00:15:09 1 Geminid two 14"
361 15 Dec 15 00:17:25 1 Geminid two 14"
362 15 Dec 15 00:21:12 1 Geminid two 14"
363 15 Dec 15 00:25:18 3 Geminid two 14"
364 15 Dec 15 00:26:37 2 Geminid two 14"
365 15 Dec 15 00:39:14 1 Geminid two 14"
366 15 Dec 15 00:41:50 1 Geminid two 14"
367 15 Dec 15 00:43:55 2 Geminid two 14"
368 15 Dec 15 00:46:39 1 Geminid two 14"
369 15 Dec 15 00:48:02 1 Geminid two 14"
370 15 Dec 15 00:48:42 1 Geminid two 14"
371 15 Dec 15 00:57:13 1 Geminid two 14"
372 15 Dec 15 00:59:49 1 Geminid two 14"
373 15 Dec 15 01:05:35 1 Geminid two 14"
374 15 Dec 15 01:11:15 1 Geminid two 14"
375 15 Dec 15 01:13:35 2 Geminid two 14"
376 15 Dec 15 01:20:43 2 Geminid two 14"
377 15 Dec 15 01:24:47 2 Geminid two 14"
378 15 Dec 15 01:32:12 1 Geminid two 14"
379 16 Dec 15 00:11:20 1 Geminid two 14"
380 16 Dec 15 00:35:32 2 Geminid two 14"
381 16 Dec 15 01:15:28 2 Geminid two 14"
382 16 Dec 15 01:39:50 1 Geminid two 14"
383 16 Dec 15 01:41:30 2 Geminid two 14"
384 16 Dec 15 01:42:00 1 Geminid two 14"
385 16 Dec 15 01:46:36 1 Geminid two 14"
386 16 Dec 15 01:47:21 1 Geminid two 14"
387 16 Dec 15 01:53:59 1 Geminid two 14"
388 18 Dec 15 00:32:57 1 Geminid two 14"
389 18 Dec 15 01:14:03 1 Geminid two 14"
390 18 Dec 15 02:55:26 1 Geminid two 14"
391 18 Dec 15 04:10:30 1 Geminid two 14"
392 14 Mar 16 01:17:59 2 Shower two 14"
393 14 Mar 16 02:54:29 1 Shower two 14"
394 14 Mar 16 03:20:02 1 Shower two 14"
395 14 Mar 16 03:28:10 1 Shower two 14"
396 11 May 16 01:36:42 2 Shower two 14"
397 12 May 16 03:27:42 1 Shower two 14"
398 12 May 16 03:59:37 1 Shower two 14"
399 12 May 16 04:02:10 1 Shower two 14"

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› Detailed info about all MEO Impact Candidates (PDF, <1.5 MB)
› Impact Candidates reported to the MEO by independent observers

Impact Candidate Locations, 2005-Present
MSFC Lunar Impact Flash Detections 2005-present

More About Lunar Impact Monitoring
›  When we observe
›  Who is involved
›  Observing facility
›  Lunar Impact Rate
›  Meteor showers
›  Observing lunar impacts
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Contact Us

Members of the media, please contact:
Molly Porter
Marshall Space Flight Center
(256) 544-0034

General information:
Rob Suggs
Meteoroid Environment Office
Marshall Space Flight Center

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Meteoroid Environment Office
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Page Last Updated: June 17th, 2016
Page Editor: Lee Mohon