SCIENTISTS predicted a possible rocket collision on the moon on March 4, 2022.

So what actually happened? Here's everything you need to know.  

On March 4, 2022, a rocket part collided with the moon at around 7:25am ET as predictions came true.

The crash wasn’t visible to humans, but the “rogue rocket” is said to have created a plume of dust that may have lingered “for hours”.

Lunar orbiters couldn’t see the rocket come down after it smashed into the moon on its far side.

According to the National Geographic the rocket "smashed into the moon’s far side in 350-mile-wide Hertzsprung crater".

Astronomers believe the rocket would create a 65-foot-wide crater but the area of impact is not visible to Earth's telescopes.

A Nasa spokesman said: “Nasa’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will use its cameras to attempt to identify the impact site and determine any potential changes to the lunar environment resulting from this object’s impact.

Confusion has continued over where the debris is from. Original thoughts were that it was part of Elon Musk's SpaceX excursion, before this was debunked. It has since been suggested the rocket could belong to China’s Chang’e 5-T1 mission, which was launched in late 2014.

Where did the rocket come from?

"We now have good evidence that it is actually 2014-065B, the booster for the Chang'e 5-T1 lunar mission." But Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: "According to China’s monitoring, the upper stage of the Chang’e-5 mission rocket has fallen through the Earth’s atmosphere in a safe manner and burnt up completely."

However, The US Space Command later confirmed that the Chinese rocket body “never de-orbited”. They said: “We cannot confirm the country of origin of the rocket body that may impact the moon."