A space telescope monitoring the moon captured the moment a 40kg rock, the largest on record, slammed into the lunar surface, creating a bright flash of light. It was the biggest seen since NASA began watching the moon for meteoroid impacts about eight years ago. According to Bill Cooke, with NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office: “It exploded in a flash nearly 10 times as bright as anything we’ve ever seen before.” Continue reading for the video and more information.

A NASA satellite orbiting the moon is now on a hunt for the newly formed crater, which scientists estimate could be as wide as 20 meters. The flash was so bright that anyone looking at the moon at the moment of impact could have seen it without a telescope, NASA said.

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