Roberto Gorelli points our attention at a recently published meteor related paper:

A Real-Time Search for Interstellar Impacts on the Moon

This paper has been submitted for publication by Amir Siraj and Abraham Loeb.

Abstract: The discovery of ‘Oumuamua and CNEOS 2014-01-08 allowed for a calibration of the impact rate of interstellar objects. We propose a new telescope in lunar orbit to study in real-time interstellar meteoroid impacts and to serve as a laboratory for hypervelocity collisions. We show that a telescope with diameter Da >~ 2 m would be capable of detecting >~ 1 interstellar meteoroid impacts (among hundreds of Solar System meteoroid impacts) per year. For each meteoroid, measurements of the reflected sunlight and shadow, as well as the impact’s optical flash and crater, would allow for the determination of the 3D velocity, mass, density, and composition, as well as the radiative efficiency.

You can download this paper for free: (5 pages).


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