UPDATE: Amateur astronomers may have captured views of Japanese lunar orbiter crashing into the Moon's surface.
Courtesy: SpaceWeather.com: Anglo-Australian Telescope in New South Wales, Australia used by Jeremy Bailey and Steve Lee using the instrument's Infrared Imager and Spectrograph caught these images.
This slideshow shows the bright white flashes recorded at an Australian observatory of the satellite impact. The three images (taken at 0.6 second intervals) appear to show a small fireball moving away from the Moon's surface near the crash site.
The "Kaguya" orbiter
is expected to strike the Moon's surface at a very shallow angle which means the spacecraft may bounce across the surface a few times.
Those with high power telescopes in Australia
and eastern Asia
may even catch a glimpse of the impact via either a dust cloud or bright flash around impact at 1830 GMT time (during the midday locally in San Jose
For those keeping track of the speed of the impact - its estimated the satellite will be moving near 6,000 kilometers per hour or 3,728 miles per hour. Given the satellite weighs in at nearly three tons some astronomers are hoping the results may be seen from Earth. The likely impact site lies at 63 degrees south lunar latitude and 80 degrees east lunar longitude.