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The Sciences

ANOTHER Jupiter impact?

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitAugust 23, 2010 5:39 AM


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

Related posts: - Followup: Jupiter impact video, and a color picture - Hubble sees no remains of the Jupiter impact - Jupiter: bringing the hammer down - Hubble pix at Jupiter's scar

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