The next Full Moon is today, March 16, 2014. It started at 1:08 p.m. ET but should still be visible when it turns dark.
There’s going to be a webcast via Slohh to use the full moon event to examine the Mar Nubium region of the moon, where the brightest asteroid strike on the moon ever seen was spotted last year.
If any observers were looking at the moon during impact, they would have seen a long flash almost as bright as the North Star Polaris, brighter than any lunar impact recorded, reported Space.com.
“Ever since Luis and Walter Alvarez astonished the world in 1980 by presenting convincing evidence that an asteroid impacted our planet and wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, the threat of an Earth-altering collision has remained in the public awareness,” Slooh astronomer Bob Berman said in a statement.
“The astonishing double-whammy of Feb. 15, 2013, when an asteroid-near miss occurred on the same day that an asteroid fragment exploded over Siberia, injuring 1,500 people, underscores the reality of thousands of uncharted asteroid fragments that can cross our path at any time. In the past year, Slooh has managed to track and image several of these in real-time, and displayed these encounters to the public as they happened.”
The impact of a large meteorite on the lunar surface on Sept. 11, 2013, resulted in a bright flash, observed by scientists at the MIDAS observatory in Spain. (J. Madiedo/MIDAS)
The event will be broadcast starting at 9 p.m. ET. Check it out above.
Check out the rest of the dates and times below:
April 15, Full Pink Moon, 3:42 a.m.
May 14, Full Flower Moon, 3:16 p.m.
June 13, Full Strawberry Moon, 12:11 a.m.
July 12, Full Buck Moon, 7:25 a.m.
August 10, Full Sturgeon Moon, 2:09 p.m.
September 8, Full Harvest Moon, 9:38 p.m.
October 8, Full Hunter’s Moon, 6:51 a.m.
November 6, Full Beaver Moon, 5:23 p.m.
December 6, Full Cold Moon, 7:27 a.m.