Amateur Astronomer Discovers New Jupiter Collision

This infrared image taken with Keck II shows the new feature observed on Jupiter and its relative size compared to Earth.  Image Credit: Paul Kalas (UCB), Michael Fitzgerald (LLNL/UCB), Franck Marchis (SETI Institute/UCB), James Graham (UCB)

This infrared image taken with Keck II shows the new feature observed on Jupiter and its relative size compared to Earth. Image Credit: Paul Kalas (UCB), Michael Fitzgerald (LLNL/UCB), Franck Marchis (SETI Institute/UCB), James Graham (UCB)

On Sunday, July 19th, an amateur astronomer in Australia discovered the marks left by what is likely a new collision between Jupiter and an unknown object.  After realizing what he observed, he contacted a number of professionals.  Two of the people who learned of his discovery also work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.  They had already scheduled time on NASA’s InfraRed Keck II telescope in Hawaii for Monday night.  After observing the spot for hours, they were able to confirm that the spot was an impact.  While they are unable to confirm the size of the impact, they believe it is approximately the size of Earth.  Fore more information, see the New Scientist.

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One Comment on “Amateur Astronomer Discovers New Jupiter Collision”

  1. Dan Babcock Says:

    Blind sided by a stealth meteor. Yikes, I wonder why we don’t see
    them hit the moon which is riddled with meteor craters.


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