Talafha: Sharjah monitors lunar collisions via unique unit

  • Sunday 12, July 2020 09:44 PM
Sharjah 24: Research Assistant and Observer at the Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences and Technology (SAASST), Mohammed Fadil Talafha, explained that the lunar collision-monitoring unit, which was recently established by the SAASST, garners attention to detecting collisions that occur on the surface of the moon due to some rocks which went astray in space.
He emphasised that the Sharjah Lunar Collision Observatory (SLIO) can analyse and know the size of rocks and predict their speed, explaining that they help understand more the danger of the space environment on the projects of inhabiting the moon and building bases on it.

In an exclusive statement to "Sharjah 24", Talafha pointed out that this unit is unique in the Middle East and North Africa, and monitors the moon monthly for 5 nights, a period that follows the birth of the new moon, in the dark part that is far the sun.

Talafha added that it is difficult to monitor these events through simple telescopes, and it is now helping the system of other units in the world to know the danger of the space environment.