Japanese astronomer captures rare meteorite impact on the moon in real-time

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While meteorite impacts are relatively common on the moon, they are much less frequent on Earth. This is because the moon lacks a dense exosphere similar to Earth. And it is more vulnerable to meteorite impacts. 

The moon’s surface is pockmarked with craters, caused by the constant pounding of meteorites. Capturing images of these events can help scientists understand more about the moon’s surface.

Understanding more about the moon’s surface is essential for future missions to the moon.

 The U.S. is currently leading the charge, with plans to send astronauts back to the moon by 2024 as part of the Artemis program. Other countries, such as China and Russia, are also preparing to launch their own astronauts on lunar missions.