David Murr

Lunar Orbiter Spots New Moon Crater

Back on March 17, 2013, observers with the Lunar Impact Monitoring Center noticed a meteoroid impact on the Moon. At about +4 magnitude, it was the brightest impact they’d seen in the eight-year history of the program. So recently, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, made a pass over the area of Mare Imbrium where the impact occurred and photographed the brand-new crater. And if that’s not cool enough? If you have the right equipment — namely a decent-sized telescope and sensitive video camera — you can, as an amateur, contribute to the lunar monitoring project!

For the details, head over to Space Geek and check out the before-and-after comparison animation.

Read: LRO Finds New Crater on the Moon, Caused by Meteoroid Impact Observed on Earth on SpaceGeek.io