880-pound asteroid slams into moon, watch it go boom

7:41 PM, Feb 25, 2014   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +
This asteroid put a new dent in the moon. (Credit: University of Huelva)

Story written by Amanda Kooser, cnet

(cnet)--  The prevalence of loud action movies shows just how much humans enjoy a good explosion. You won't find many bigger than what happened on the moon in September last year. Footage of an 880-pound asteroid smashing onto the lunar surface was just released, showing a bright flash at the impact site.

The evidence was captured by telescopes as part of a moon-impact monitoring project run by astronomers at the University of Huelva in Spain. A paper about the event was published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

See the University of Huelva's YouTube video below

The impact makes NASA's video of a boulder-sized meteroid crashing into the moon early last year look like a hiccup in comparison. That impact rocked the lunar surface to the equivalent of about 5 tons of TNT. The more recent crash landing hit with the force of around 15 tons of TNT. Kaboom.

The asteroid landed in the Mare Nubium part of the moon while traveling at about 38,000 mph. The moon doesn't have the same sort of protective atmosphere as the Earth, so asteroids don't have the opportunity to burn up, they just go in for full-force landings.

This will come as reassuring news to anyone on Earth who happened to be looking up at the moon on Sept. 11 at just the right time. That flash of light you saw wasn't the aliens arriving, it was just a really big asteroid.

You may also like...

Underwater Secret: Hidden caves beneath Weeki Wachee

Rollercoaster Rescue: 16 stranded after ride malfunction

Car Crash tragedy: USF students killed in interstate wrong-way crash

Hungry Sinkhole: Hole opens beneath Corvette museum, swallows 8 cars

Be my McValentine: Romantic reservations at McDonald's

Card Game Murder: Man sentenced for Magic: The Gathering killing

Treason? Secret Service visits candidate who says Obama should hang

Sasquatch on Tour: "Dead Bigfoot" on display in Texas

Here kitty, kitty: Lion escapes enclosure at Pasco sanctuary

#ShortYellows: Florida quietly shortened yellow lights

Kittens shot: Officer shoots kittens in front of children

Popular photo galleries:

Faces of Meth: Devastating before and after photos of meth abusers

Trayvon Martin Shooting: Trayvon Martin crime scene photos and George Zimmerman injury photos 

Hooters Winners: Winners of the 2013 Hooters swimsuit pageant

Rejected: Funny Florida license plates rejected by the DMV***warning graphic***

Deadly sinkhole: Home collapses, man dies in giant sinkhole

Popular Databases:

Florida Sex Offenders: Look up sex offenders in any Florida neighborhood here

Restaurant Inspections: Look up inspection reports for any Florida restaurant here




Most Watched Videos