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.

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.”