On September 11th, 2013, an asteroid approximately 2 to 4.5 feet across (.6 to 1.4 meters) and traveling at an estimated speed of 37,900 mph (61,000 km/h) smashed into the lunar surface causing a crater roughly 131 feet (40 meters) wide. The explosion was so great that individuals looking at the Moon at that very moment in time would have seen the blast as it lasted over 8 seconds!
Slooh will cover the lunar impact site on the Full “Worm” Moon in Mare Nubium live on Sunday, March 16th at 6 PM PDT / 9 PM EDT / 01:00 UTC (3/17) international times: http://goo.gl/tdq3Oa with feeds from the Canary Islands, off the coast of west Africa. Viewers can watch free on Slooh.com or by downloading the Slooh iPad app. The live image stream will be accompanied by discussions led by Slooh host and astronomer, Bob Berman, and Slooh technical director, Paul Cox. Viewers can ask questions during the show by using hashtag #moonimpact.
In addition to the asteroid impact on the Moon late last year, several other impacts have been uncovered around the Solar System including a minor impact by Asteroid 2014 AA right here on Earth on January 1st, 2014. We will also show images and discuss the recently discovered asteroid impact on Mars leaving a 30meterwide crater which was confirmed by NASA’s Mars orbiter on November 19, 2013 as well as the history of other recent impacts. Bob Berman will turn the focus to remembering the surprisingly volatile history of direct impacts and their effects on the Earth such as the legendary extinction theory of the dinosaurs which occurred over 60 million years ago.
“Ever since Luis and Walter Alvarez astonished the world in 1980 by presenting convincing evidence that an asteroid impacted our planet and wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, the threat of an Earthaltering collision has remained in the public awareness. The astonishing doublewhammy of February 15, 2013, when an asteroidnear miss occurred on the same day that an asteroid fragment exploded over Siberia, injuring 1500 people, underscores the reality of thousands of uncharted asteroid fragments that can cross our path at any time. In the past year, Slooh has managed to track and image several of these in realtime, and displayed these encounters to the public as they happened. It is very exciting to be part of the team that will present this live, accompanied by realtime narration.”