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What was that small flash of light during the super blood wolf moon?

What was that small flash of light during the super blood wolf moon?"A rock" hit the moon Sunday night and only a few people noticed it. It was a meteorite.



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The Moon was hit by a meteorite while you were staring at the ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ eclipse

The Moon was hit by a meteorite while you were staring at the ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ eclipseSkywatchers had plenty to be excited about this past weekend thanks to a lunar eclipse that was visible from the Americas as well as parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia. It got the nickname "Super Blood Wolf Moon" thanks to a combination of labels that may or may not have much meaning, but it was an undeniably cool sight nonetheless.

As it turns out, the eclipse was even more special than most observers had noticed, as the Moon was actually struck by a meteorite while everyone was gazing in wonder at its rusty appearance. A new video from astronomer Jose Madiedo, using imagery gathered by the MIDAS impact survey effort, shows the exact moment of impact.

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In the video you can clearly see a tiny dot flash in the upper left corner of the Moon sphere, appearing for only a fraction of a second before being shrouded in darkness. Some observers who were watching live coverage of the eclipse spotted the brief flash, debating what might have caused it.

The MIDAS survey is a Moon-watching that scours video of its surface in the hopes of detecting the tiny flashes associated with meteorite impacts. In this case, MIDAS scored a home run, and it was the first time the system was able to spot an impact during a total lunar eclipse.

"In total I spent almost two days without sleeping, including the monitoring time during the eclipse," Madiedo explained to Gizmodo. "I was exhausted when the eclipse ended–but when the automatic detection software notified me of a bright flash, I jumped out of my chair. It was a very exciting moment because I knew such a thing had never been recorded before."

The meteorite itself wasn't terribly large, and is estimated to have only been around 22 pounds. Still, its impact was large enough to be spotted by observers as well as the automated MIDAS system, and that's pretty cool.



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Total lunar eclipse 2019: 'Super blood wolf moon appears over the UK'

Total lunar eclipse 2019: 'Super blood wolf moon appears over the UK'Skygazers in parts of the UK lucky enough to be under clear skies have been treated to the astronomical spectacle of a "super blood wolf moon". The rare phenomenon, caused in part by a lunar eclipse, makes the surface of the moon appear a reddish hue while seeming brighter and closer to earth than normal. Catching a glimpse of the curiously-titled event will be down to luck for those wrapping up and heading out early, as many parts of the country were covered by cloud on Monday morning. Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson said: "There's a lot cloud around, but there are some breaks to enjoy the lunar eclipse as well. "Across lots of central England and northern England there's quite a lot of lower cloud around, but there are still some breaks in cloud particularly over south-east England and parts of south-west England as well. "It's kind of a mixed bag – further towards the north there's more in the way of cloud as well affecting parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, so probably not great visibility up there unfortunately." Super Wolf Blood Moon: The total lunar eclipse, in pictures from around the world A super blood wolf moon occurs when as a blood moon and supermoon occur simultaneously and was best seen from the UK at around 5.10am – providing clouds did not obstruct the view. The optimum viewing time was at around 5.12am when the eclipse was at its peak. A plane passes as the moon rises through clouds before start of total lunar eclipse in California Credit:  MIKE BLAKE/Reuters Astronomers are particularly interested in this year's blood moon as it is the last of its kind for two years. "We're going into this unusual lull in total lunar eclipses over the next couple of years," explained Tom Kerss, an astronomer from the Royal Observatory Greenwich. "So this is a really good one to catch as it's going to be a long time before you catch another one like this, we will have other lunar eclipses, we just won't have anything quite as spectacular until May 2021."  Blood moons and lunar eclipses of the past Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer, created fear in 1504 after he used knowledge of an upcoming blood moon to convince the Arawak Indians to help him while stranded in Jamaica.  He led them to believe their lack of support would anger God and result in a blood moon in the sky. When the moon began to "bleed", the Arawak Indians were fooled into giving Columbus and his crew food. In more recent years, the total lunar eclipse of July 16, 2000 - which was seen in the Pacific Ocean, eastern Asia and Australia – was one of the longest to ever be recorded, lasting 1 hour 46 minutes.  The last lunar eclipse took place on July 27, 2018; and the totality spanned across 1 hour 43 minutes, marking the longest eclipse of the 21st century. Blood moon myths and tales From religious theories to modern day conspiracies, there are a range of myths and tales linked to the concept of a blood moon. Some Christian conspiracists consider a blood moon to be an apocalyptic sign from the heavens while the Inca thought it represented an attack by a cosmic jaguar.  The Hupa, a Native American tribe from northern California, believed the moon had 20 wives and numerous pets including lions and snakes. When the moon didn't give them enough food to eat, they attacked it, consequently making it bleed. The Batammaliba people in Togo and Benin, Africa, believe a lunar eclipse represents a fight between the sun and the moon, which humans must learn from in terms of their own arguments. Other astronomical events in 2019 The Quadrantid meteor shower reached its maximum rate of activity on January 4, with shooting stars appearing in the sky each night up until January 6. A conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will appear in the east sky before sunrise on January 22, showing the two bright planets 2.4 degrees from each other. The Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower will be seen in dark locations after midnight on May 7, while Saturn will shine the brightest on July 9, this year, as reaches its closest approach to Earth. Plus an annular solar eclipse will take place on December 26, starting in Saudi Arabia and concluding in the Pacific Ocean, with a ring of light appearing around the moon. Lunar eclipse pics



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U.S. eclipse watchers howl at Blood Wolf Moon but bitter cold cancels other festivities

U.S. eclipse watchers howl at Blood Wolf Moon but bitter cold cancels other festivitiesAs you can see, it’s a party atmosphere and everyone is just enjoying the spectacle,” said Rosalind Von Wendt from Los Angeles. More than 1,500 people gathered at the observatory near the city’s famous Hollywood sign to watch the eclipse. Icy roadways rather than cloudy skies were blamed by astronomers for spoiling the festivities.



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Lunar eclipse 2019: ‘Blood Moon’ on Monday will be the last eclipse to be seen in Britain for 10 years

Lunar eclipse 2019: ‘Blood Moon’ on Monday will be the last eclipse to be seen in Britain for 10 yearsThe Moon will turn red tomorrow as Britain experiences its last total lunar eclipse for 10 years. The eclipse will happen in the early morning of Monday January 21 when the Moon start to darken at 2.35am with full eclipse beginning at 4.40am. It will be free of the Earth’s shadow by 7.49am. It  is the last chance for UK observers to see a total lunar eclipse in its entirety until 2029. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes exactly between the Sun and the Moon creating a shadow which stops solar rays reaching the lunar surface. Spectators can expect the Moon to begin to darken slowly before turning red as it becomes completely caught in Earth’s shade. Sometimes the eclipsed Moon is a deep red colour, almost disappearing from view, and sometimes it can be quite bright. Next weeks Super Blood Wolf Moon will be the last for a decade  Credit: Chris J Ratcliffe January’s full Moon is also known as a ‘wolf moon’, a name deriving from Native American Tribes who said wolves would howl outside villages during full moons at the beginning of the year. And the eclipse will occur when the Moon is at its closest point to Earth – making it a supermoon, so it will appear 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter. In Britain the Moon will be above the horizon throughout the eclipse, though from the extreme southeast of England the Sun will have risen as it comes to an end. The red effect is due to Earth’s atmosphere. Without an atmosphere the Moon would appear black or even totally invisible when it was within Earth’s shadow. But because Earth’s atmosphere extends about 50 miles up, during a total eclipse, although the Moon is in shadow, there is a ring around our planet through which the Sun’s rays still pass. Unlike the other wavelengths the Sun's red light is scattered much less by air allowing it to travel through the atmosphere where other colours are lost. Finally it is bent by a process of refraction as it leaves the atmosphere on the opposite side, channelling it on to the Moon’s surface. Lunar eclipses always happen at a full Moon as this is when it moves behind the Earth and into line with the Earth and Sun but most of the time no eclipse takes place because the e Moon's orbit is slightly tilted so it normally passes a little above or below the Earth’s shadow.



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Why this Sunday's total lunar eclipse is called the 'super blood wolf moon'

Why this Sunday's total lunar eclipse is called the 'super blood wolf moon'The moon will turn red over the United States on Sunday night during the last total lunar eclipse of the decade.



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The Pence holiday decorations are here and thankfully there are no blood trees

The Pence holiday decorations are here and thankfully there are no blood treesKaren Pence, the woman known for her unique towel charm business and for being married to the Vice President (in that order), gave the Associated Press an exclusive tour of the Pence residence all dolled up for the holidays. The theme for the VP’s 2018 holiday decorations is “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and though the decorations were so classic they bordered on boring, at least there were no controversial blood red cranberry trees. Each room is based after a different stanza from the poem, which means you get to see the Pence stockings and traditional Twas the Night Before Christmas book, a statue of Saint Nick holding a “Nice List,” and a high-key morbid room dedicated to Santa’s reindeer that features a tree decorated with antler ornaments and topped with a deer’s head.



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Zainab Mughal: Worldwide search for planet's rarest blood type for 2-year-old who needs donor of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian

Zainab Mughal: Worldwide search for planet's rarest blood type for 2-year-old who needs donor of Pakistani, Indian or IranianTwo-year-old Zainab Mughal, from Tallahassee, in Florida, was recently diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma. What makes Zainab’s blood different is that it is missing a common antigen, called ‘Indian B’, which most people carry in their blood cells. The only people likely to be a match for Zainab are those whose blood type is ‘O’ or ‘A’ – and whose parents are both 100 per cent Pakistani, Indian or Iranian.



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Jamal Khashoggi’s Body Was Drained Of All Blood Before Medical Expert Dismembered Him, New Report Claims

Jamal Khashoggi’s Body Was Drained Of All Blood Before Medical Expert Dismembered Him, New Report ClaimsJamal Khashoggi’s body was brought to a sink and drained of blood immediately after he was murdered so he could be more easily dismembered, a gruesome new report claims. The murder of the Washington Post journalist has still been shrouded in some mystery as his body has never been found, but a new report from Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News claims that one of the members of the team of Saudi agents that killed Khashoggi had a very detailed plan to dismember and dispose of the body.



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Elizabeth Warren's DNA Test and the Difficult History of Looking for Answers in Blood

Elizabeth Warren's DNA Test and the Difficult History of Looking for Answers in BloodBy the late 19th century the ideology of biological determinism had made its way into American law, where the politics of blood reigned



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