Europlanet Science Congress 2020
Virtual meeting
21 September – 9 October 2020
Europlanet Science Congress 2020
Virtual meeting
21 September – 9 October 2020
EPSC Abstracts
Vol.14, EPSC2020-744, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/epsc2020-744
Europlanet Science Congress 2020
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Lunar impact flashes: first detection from the Observatory of Nice

Chrysa Avdellidou1, Marco Delbo1, Edhah Munaibari1, Raven Larson2, Jeremie Vaubaillon3, Paul Hayne2, Daniel Sheward4, and Tony Cook4
Chrysa Avdellidou et al.
  • 1Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur, Laboratoire Lagrange, Nice, France (chrysa.avdellidou@oca.eu)
  • 2University of Colorado,USA
  • 3IMCCE, Observatoire de Paris, France
  • 4Aberystwyth University, UK

Lunar impact flashes: first detection from the Observatory of Nice

Avdellidou(1),M. Delbo(1), E. Munaibari(1), R. Larson(2), J. Vaubaillon(3), P. Hayne(2), D. Sheward(3), A. Cook(3)

  • (1)Laboratoire Lagrange, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, UCA, France
  • (2)University of Colorado, USA
  • (3)IMCCE, Observatoire de Paris, France
  • (4)Aberystwyth University, UK

contact: chrysa.avdellidou@oca.eu

Abstract

We report the first lunar flash due to meteoroid impact observed by our team at Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur (OCA) in south France.

Introduction

Meteoroids impacting onto the lunar surface can produce very short bursts of light–commonly calledimpact flashes. Such flashes have been the subject of several lunar monitoring surveys over the last 20 years (1,2,3) for the purpose of determining the size frequency distribution of near-Earth objects in the cm–dm size range. The goal of our international team is to build a network of moderate telescopes that will survey the lunar surface for impact flashes and subsequently locate the produced impact craters. We have developed all the necessary algorithms in order to detect the flash events in real time during the observations, identify the selenographic coordinates, link the meteoroid to a parent meteoroid stream, measure the mass and size of the meteoroid (4) and discover the potential fresh lunar crater. Updates on the methodology is presented by the accompanying EPSC 2020 abstract of Munaibari & Larson et al. The description of the crater identification is presented by the accompanying EPSC 2020 abstract of Sheward et al.

First confirmed impact flash from OCA

On the night of May 27th, 2020 at 20:48:49.420 UTC, we detected our first impact flash from the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur (site of Mt. Gros). This is the first live impact observed for the project "Flash!", the first from the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur and the first from all France by professional sites. The telescope used is a 16" MEADE coupled with a CMOS ASI ZWO 183mono camera. The frame rate was 20 fps and the frame integration time was 0.05 sec. The telescope was guiding on the lunar crescent using the lunar autoguider that we developed in the framework of the master course of MAUCA (University of Côte d’Azur).

 

Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the ProgrammeNational de Planetologie  (PNP), France  ofCNRS/INSU, co-funded by CNES, France and bythe program "Flash!" supported by Crédits Scientifiques Incitatifs (CSI), France of the UniversitéNice Sophia Antipolis. This work has made use ofdata from the European Space Agency (ESA) NELIOTA project. We thank the EUR Spectrum for supporting Mr. Munaibari with a 3-monthUCA Master Scholarship to perform this masterthesis.

 References

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[2] J. L. Ortiz, et al. Nature, 405:921–923, (2000).

[3] R. M. Suggs, et al.Icarus,238:23–36, (2014).

[4] C. Avdellidou & J. Vaubaillon.MNRAS, 484(4):5212–5222, (2019).

 

How to cite: Avdellidou, C., Delbo, M., Munaibari, E., Larson, R., Vaubaillon, J., Hayne, P., Sheward, D., and Cook, T.: Lunar impact flashes: first detection from the Observatory of Nice, Europlanet Science Congress 2020, online, 21 September–9 Oct 2020, EPSC2020-744, https://doi.org/10.5194/epsc2020-744, 2020

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