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Massive explosion on Moon seen from Earth (Video)

NASA’s Moon monitoring program says they have recorded the brightest explosion in the history of their program. They caught it on video and say that it could have been seen without the aid of a telescope.

“On May 17, 2013, an object about the size of a small boulder hit the lunar surface in Mare Imbrium,” says Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. “It exploded in a flash nearly 10 times as bright as anything we’ve ever seen before.”

They estimate that the boulder was about a foot wide, 40 kg in weight, and was traveling at about 56,000 mph when it hit. This would amount to an explosion as large as 5 tons of TNT.

On the evening of the meteor strike, NASA and University of Western Ontario cameras caught meteors in the earth’s atmosphere, leading them to believe that the Earth and Moon were both bombarded by meteorites at the same time. Lucky for us, the Earth has an atmosphere to protect it, and most meteorites burn up before they strike the ground. The Moon does not have an atmosphere, so even small meteorites can strike with great force, causing large explosions like this one.

NASA says they will keep an eye on meteor storms like this. In future manned Moon missions it will be important to know when it might be dangerous for astronauts to be out and about on the lunar surface.

“We’ll be keeping an eye out for signs of a repeat performance next year when the Earth-Moon system passes through the same region of space,” says Cooke. “Meanwhile, our analysis of the May 17th event continues.”

About Alejandro Rojas

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Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

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    I believe we are being visited by extraterrestrial life forms… but I believe it is akin to our own habit of studying the reasons why certain species of plants and animals tend to self destruct just before they go extinct… I believe the cosmos is chocked full of life… because the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY said in Genesis .. In the beginning GOD created the Heavens and the Earth. An in depth study of these words and there original language interpretation will reveal that the word Earth could be and probably was plural… In our incredible arrogance(and ignorance!) we assumed we must be the one… and only?! That must have made the angels roll on the floor. Like LOL!! But they know and we do not… If we truly had an OPEN MIND we would get off this politically correct foolishness of ignoring the facts in the Bible and trying to decipher the mysteries of life without the book that already has all the answers… If you claim to have an OPEN MIND then know this: THE LORD GOD ALL MIGHTY did not say he would destroy humanity because we did eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil but the way I see it he was saying we would eventually do it to ourselves… We now have the technology to accidently create a black hole that can destroy the human race, our Earth, the solar system, and eventually our own sun. But we are too busy looking out in space for an asteroid to do the job(in 20 years)we have built giant machines may do the job in a year or two!!!!! Is it a question we want to answer?? The next time you look at a picture of all the galaxies multiplied billions in their vast array. Each one having a black hole at their center. THAT WILL GIVE YOU AN IDEA HOW MANY TIMES THIS LETTER HAS BEEN SENT BUT NEVER ACTED UPON !!!!

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    michael federoff

    I often like to look up at the moon and catch the small boulders hitting from 250,000 miles away, it’s just so cool…

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