Probable Lunar Impact
Taken by Raffaello Lena on February 26, 2015 @
The flash was detected by Iten in Gordola Switzerland
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Marco Iten detected an interesting luminous event most probably generated by a meteoroidal impact on the Moon occurred the 26 February
2015. The position of the flash was along the terminator. The brightness of the flash 0.16 s after the initial detection was +8.0 magV. After the main lightdrop a successive residual diffuse light lasted for several
seconds.Under the assumption of a meteoroidal impact, we argue that this post luminous event and its ever growing dimensions was likely caused by the sunlight reflection on ejected materials released by the impact.
The coordinates of the detected flash are determined to:
Long: 7.9° ± 0.6° West
Lat: 26.1° ± 1.6° South
in Mare Nubium, near the crater Lippershey P, located to the south of Birt crater.
Marco Iten detected it visually using no dedicated searching software.
Some GIF animation of the event are here
We published an our preliminary report here
or directly to the pdf file