In periods of the year coinciding with the arrival of the Quadrantids or Perseids meteor showers, lunar flashes can rise to rates as high as one per hour, and although the impact rate decreases as the Moon exits the stream of debris, it would never reach zero. "Even when no meteor shower is active, we still see flashes," Cooke explained.
The same is available for Earth as well. If you are lucky enough, in a clear, dark night sky, you can see a few meteors per hour, even though there is no meteor shower active at the time. In fact, on the Moon occur two times more random meteorite impacts that any determined by the passing through a debris stream. "That's an important finding. It means there's no time of year when the Moon is impact-free," said Suggs.
Solar wrote:Odd. Seems as if one side of the moon has been favored over the other when you look at this photo. It would be interesting to correlate the time of year/observation with that etc. and perhaps the side that seems that seems to have more "impacts" faced the Quadrantids or Perseids meteor showers. I wouldn't accord all of these to electric discharge but there does seem to be an odd statistical anomaly in the mix.
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