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Possible lunar impact

Hi.

There seems to be circulating information about a possible lunar impact during the recent lunar eclipse. Sky and Telescope is reporting the impact in the region of Mare Humorum at 4.41.38 UT. One of our Newcastle astronomical society members has an image which he feels could be an impact, timed at 4.42.01 UT.  Anyone else find anything from their images? I have looked through my images but so far haven't been able to spot anything.

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Tom Moran

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Possible lunar impact

Yes, several reliable reports have been received and images taken. There will be a fuller report in the next Lunar Section Circular.

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Would you like the image from

Would you like the image from our Newcastle society member?

Tom

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Yes, please

Yes please, Tom. You can e-mail it to me at the address given inside the back page of the Journal.

Many thanks,

Bill

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I missed the impact by 8s

Tom - I was imaging the Moon during the eclipse, at this point with 5s exposures every 30s but I missed the impact at 04:41:38 by 8s. The timestamps in the attached half-scale images are the start of exposure (note the filenames are when the file was generated which is a few seconds after the shutter closed) and should be accurate to 0.1s or so. If there was another event at 04:42:01 I would have missed that by around 1s.

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That's just the way of it.

That's just the way of it. Speaking to Simon today he was was just setting up a test shot. Right place right time!

Attached is his image I forwarded to Bill Leatherbarrow. He is sending to Tony Cooke.

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Impact

There is a paper on this impact on ArXiv