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Lunar Impact Blast Precision GPS Timing

Recently astronomers at Spain's Midas observatory reported the largest impact flash ever seen on the moon. The impact was recorded on the 13th September 2013 at 20.07 GMT by telescopes monitoring the unlit part of the moon’s surface. The video released of the event was time stamped with our GPSBOXSPRITE precision GPS time video overlay inserter unit.

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The video captures the moment a meteorite roughly a metre in diameter with an estimated mass of 400kg smashed into the moon’s surface at 61,000 km/h ( 40,000 mph ). The impact released energy equivalent to a 15 megaton nuclear exposion. The flash was bright enough to have been seen from earth with the naked eye. It is estimated that a crater 40 metres wide was excavated in the ancient basalt lava surface of Mare Nubium, the lunar basin where the impact occured. Details were published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.



The story was widely reported and featured prominently online on several news sites

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Space.com and other news sites have featured stories on an Israeli science team's investigation into the relationship between sprites and UFO sightings. They have also showcased Kevin Fetter's observation of the secretive X-37B robotic space plane. Images and video that accompanied these and other stories were annotated with the precise UTC time by our precision GPS time video overlay unit, the GPSBOXSPRITE.



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