"What a surprise," says Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) researcher Rob Suggs, who recorded the impact's flash. He and colleague Wes Swift were testing a new telescope and video camera they assembled to monitor the moon for meteor strikes. On their first night out, "we caught one," says Suggs.The object that hit the moon was "probably a Taurid," says MSFC meteor expert
Cooke. In other words, it was part of the same meteor shower that
peppered Earth with fireballs in late October and early November 2005.