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  • August 3, 2006

    Episode 49: Meteoroids hit the Moon

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    Meteorites crash into the Moon all the time. NASA is trying to find out more about the impacts. Astronomers at Marshall Space Flight Center have monitoring the Moon?s nighttime side. The nighttime side is visible when the Moon is almost in its new moon phase — that is, when the sunlit side of the Moon faces away from Earth. The observations are not easy. They can only be taken about 10 times per month. But the astronomers were lucky enough to observe a meteoroid strike in November 2005. They were also able to record a movie of another strike in May 2006.