Timur Nozdrachev, a student at the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), and scientists from the Institute of Applied Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IAA RAS) as part of an international team, have predicted the collision of object WE0913A with the moon. The collision will occur on March 4, 2022 with the dark side of Earth’s satellite, the press service of the university told TASS on Wednesday.
Researchers have identified WE0913A as a used rocket booster. They say the object will collide with the Moon at 12:34 Moscow time. It will fall at a velocity of 2,600 m/s, which allows the phenomenon to be seen even with the naked eye. Human vision can see up to sixth magnitude, and WE0913A will collide with the Moon at two. Timur Nozdrachev, a student at the FEFU Institute of Science-Intensive Technologies and Advanced Materials, reported that researchers from observatories in Italy, Slovakia and Tajikistan are ready to observe WE0913A impact.
Scientists affirm that it is extremely rare to be able to make such a prediction. However, the ground-based study of the consequences of the impact on a satellite will provide an important result for a better understanding of the microphysical properties of the lunar regolith, as well as the study of the projectile itself. In addition, residents of Omsk and Novosibirsk will be able to see the event without special equipment.
At the end of January, Bill Gray, the creator of the Guide astronomy software, predicted the dive bomb of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket junk piece toward the Moon.
The Far Eastern Federal University is actively involved in the development of space technologies. The Institute of science-intensive materials and advanced technologies of FEFU performs complex research projects in a number of directions, which are integrated into the educational process. Students create control modules for small and ultra-small spacecraft, as well as build training rockets.
The space team at Evolvera will continue to follow the story as it develops.