SAASST's Sharjah Astronomical Observatory Observer and Research Assistant, Mr. Mohammad Fadil Talafha, detected rare sequential lunar impacts on January 18th, 2021.— SAASST.Sharjah (@SaasstSharjah) January 26, 2021
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The Sharjah Lunar Impacts Observatory Telescope (SLIO). in United Arab Emirates has detected a series of impacts on the moon, but what is distinguishing is that this series of impacts, occurred within one minute and they were of greater brightness than usual.
Image credit: Sharjah Lunar Impacts Observatory Telescope (SLIO).
Also, their flash periods were relatively long, as periods of up to a quarter of a second were recorded in each impact and this is considered a long time for such events.
It is noticeable that these impacts spread in the middle of the dark eastern side of the Moon at the time of observation and spread over a distance of 1,000km on its surface.
Image left: Sharjah observatory.
According to Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, General Director of SAASST, and President of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences, the team has analyzed the time of impacts and their relative positions and based on this, they have concluded that the series of impacts are caused by meteorite impacts, reports khaleejtimes.
What do you think hit the moon, meteorites, or something else crashed onto the lunar surface?