TS-logo21On March 17th, a meteorite crashed into the moon and caused quite the spectacle. NASA scientists suggested that the rock had been roughly 1-foot-wide, weighed about 88 pounds, and its explosion was as powerful as 5 tons of TNT. The meteorite collided with the moon at a staggering 56,000 miles per hour and created a 65-feet-wide crater. Here on Earth, the collision could be see by the naked eye as a bright flash of light.

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NASA astronomers have been monitoring the moon for the past eight years and have never seen anything this powerful before. ”On March 17, 2013, an object about the size of a small boulder hit the lunar surface in Mare Imbrium,” Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office said in a statement. “It exploded in a flash nearly 10 times as bright as anything we’ve ever seen before.”