New Jupiter Impact - Caught on Video...! - Jun 3, 2010 21:42:27 GMT -6
Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jun 3, 2010 21:42:27 GMT -6
Jupiter Impact caught live on Video by a Citizen Astronomer
03 June 2010
03 June 2010
A citizen astronomer with a SCT captured a remarkable high energy impact slamming into Jupiter...
Anthony Wesley and I just caught an impact in Jupiter!! Check out
the video that I got at:
The impact occurred at around 20:30UT today. This video was done in
And another observer in the Philippines also observed it at the same time:JUPITER IMPACT! Amateur astronomers Anthony Wesley of Australia and Christopher Go of the Philippines have independently observed an impact event on Jupiter. The strike occurred at 20:31 UT on June 3rd and produced a bright flash of light in the giant planet's cloud tops.
"I still can't believe that I caught a live impact on Jupiter," says Go, who has made a must-see video of the event.
"There were no visible remains at the impact point for the next half hour or so, until sunrise put an end to the imaging," says Wesley.
The nature of the impact is presently unknown. It might have been an asteroid or a comet. In either case, a dark and cindery debris field is expected to develop around the impact point; that's what has happened in the aftermath of previous Jupiter impacts. Professional and amateur astronomers are encouraged to monitor Jupiter in the hours ahead, and stay tuned for updates.
Update: Anthony Wesley has pinpointed the impact site at Jovian latitude minus 16.1o, and central meridian longitudes CM1: 300o, CM2: 33.8o and CM3: 210.4o.
Spaceweather.com is running it on it's front page:
I'm going to image Jupiter this morning before sunrise - skies are clear in Chicago...and see if I can see/image any impact evidence..!