CBBC Newsround: A meteor hits during the blood moon eclipse!

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The total lunar eclipse, along with the super moon and full moon created a spectacular sight on Sunday January 20th into the morning of the 21st. This weekend's lunar eclipse, the Super Blood Wolf Moon was visible to a large portion of the population, and many, many cameras were trained on the Moon. This project went on to become the MIDAS survey, which is run by Spain's University of Huelva and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalucia.

After analyzing the recordings from the total lunar eclipse, the team realized they had filmed a meteor hitting the surface of the Moon.

A view of the blood moon next to the "Tiger and Turtle" landmark during the first total lunar eclipse of the year in Duisburg, Germany, Jan. 21, 2019. Madiedo is part of MIDAS (Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System), which started in 1997 and uses software that analyzes data from worldwide observatories to find such events.

The Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System, or MIDAS, telescopes that Madiedo used have high-sensitivity video cameras, which are flawless at capturing these split-second events.

Lunar impacts are common, but what makes this one so fun is the sheer number of telescopes turned toward the moon for eclipse observations. Even a small meteoroid can create a bright flash when it hits the lunar surface.

"In total I spent nearly two days without sleeping, including the monitoring time during the eclipse", Madiedo explained to Gizmodo. During the recent eclipse, at 5:41 a.m. local time, Madiedo captured the first such impact, showing as a bright flash on the top left portion of the moon. "It was a very exciting moment because I knew such a thing had never been recorded before".



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