ANOTHER Jupiter impact?

ANOTHER Jupiter impact?

ANOTHER Jupiter impact?

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Aug. 22 2010 8:39 PM

ANOTHER Jupiter impact?

BREAKING: Japanese astronomer Masayuki Tachikawa may have spotted yet another impact on Jupiter! Here's the video:


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Emily Lakdawalla at The Planetary Society blog has the details. [UPDATE: Sky and Telescope has more info too.] The video looks legit, but to be absolutely sure we'll need to get either more video from a different location, or a telescope that might be able to spot any impact scar left from this. [Update 2: That Sky and Telescope link has also been updated; a second astronomer recorded the flash! It's real; Jupiter got hit again!]

As Emily points out, there may be a lot more of these than we imagined, and it took constant vigilance of amateur astronomers to find them. If so: very, very cool.



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