I guess my question really is in three parts and please let me apologize in advance for any mistakes made in terminology…
Obviously the moon has suffered from a very large number of impacts during it’s history, as evidenced by it’s scarred surface. While an absence of the weathering conditions found here on Earth means even very old scars are still visible, has the moon entered a period of relative quiesence compared to a more violent stage in it’s past? Was it once more in line with an asteroid/meteorite belt and more prone to receiving a large number of impacts?
Shouldn’t the absence of an atmosphere and therefore it’s inability to incinerate many of the meteorites that the Earth’s atmosphere would render ineffective cause it to get hit much more frequently than Earth?
Is the moon’s distance, while seemingly close through a telescope, still just too far away for planetary telescopes to see any but the very largest (and rarest) of impacts?
It just seems to me that the moon should be getting hit by a lot of the same sized meteors that might burn up in our atmosphere and that astronomers would be frequently capturing these events and they’d frequent our news broadcasts. However, for one or more reasons, such is not the case.