Monday, September 04, 2006

Crash on the moon captured by telescope

On Saturday, I blogged about the lunar orbiter SMART-1, crashing on the surface of the moon that very same night. Unfortunately, the flash from the resulting impact was too faint for most amateur telescopes but not for the 3.6m telescope at the Canada-France-Hawaii observatory located at the summit of Hawaii's dormant volcano, Mauna Kea. The telescope managed to capture the flash with its infra-red camera. Here's the animation showing the sequence of 20 images covering the impact.

Previously: Spacecraft to crash on the moon tonight

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