A meteor hit the moon during the lunar eclipse in January

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Photo: ‘Super blood wolf moon’ inks Durango skies

Lunar meteorite impacts have been filmed previously; this marks the first time one was filmed during a total lunar eclipse.

In the video, the lunar impact flash was spotted on the top-left half of the moon at 0441 GMT on January 21 and was captured by telescopes operating in the framework of Spain's Moons Impacts Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS) Survey.

Durango-area residents were treated to a rare celestial event Sunday night known as a "super blood wolf moon" lunar eclipse. A luminous full moon is anathema to such detections, but a total lunar eclipse, painting the moon in darkness, changed that.

On this occasion, Madiedo doubled the number of telescopes trained on different parts of the moon - from four to eight - in the hope of seeing an impact. Their software immediately logs the flashes and identifies their exact location on the lunar surface to an accuracy of about 0.001 seconds.

Although scientists still have not formally calculated the size of the space rock that collided with the Moon, Madedo believes that it weighed about two kilograms and was about the size of a soccer ball.

A blood moon is another name given to a total lunar eclipse, which happens when the Earth moves in between the sun and the moon.

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'I was really, really happy when this happened, ' he told New Scientist.

The Impact of a small meteorite on the moon is generally hard to spot from the Earth as the ephemeral flash of light is often outshined by the bright moon light. "I did not want to miss any potential impact event", he explained in an email. "I was really exhausted when the eclipse was over".

According to Gizmodo, astronomers first started monitoring lunar impacts in 1997.

"I jumped out of the chair I was sitting on".

Multiple telescope feeds captured the impact, which likely left behind a fresh crater on the pockmarked moon.

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