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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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2013 Impact Candidates (last updated 08/30/2013)

ID
#
UT Date UT Time Video Frames
(1/30 s)
Probable
Type
Tele-
scopes
295 17 Mar 13 02:17:00 1 Virginid Cplx two 14"
299 17 Mar 13 02:33:18 1 Virginid Cplx two 14"
300 17 Mar 13 03:14:21 2 Virginid Cplx two 14"
296 17 Mar 13 03:50:54 26 Virginid Cplx two 14"
297 18 Mar 13 00:56:14 3 Virginid Cplx two 14"
301 16 Apr 13 01:27:30 1 Lyrid two 14"
298 16 Apr 13 01:43:48 1 Lyrid two 14"

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› Detailed info about all MEO Impact Candidates (PDF, <800 KB)
› Impact Candidates reported to the MEO by independent observers

Impact Candidate Locations, 2005-Present
MSFC Lunar Impact 2005-08 Flash Detections

More About Lunar Impact Monitoring
›  When we observe
›  Who is involved
›  Observing facility
›  Lunar Impact Rate
›  Meteor showers
›  Observing lunar impacts
›  Part of a comprehensive strategy

Contact Us

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

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

Are you an amateur astronomer?
Do you have observations of any impacts listed in the table?

Report observations:
Danielle Moser
Meteoroid Environment Office
Marshall Space Flight Center

Page Last Updated: November 6th, 2013
Page Editor: Lee Mohon