Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Citizen scientists capture video of large object crashing into Jupiter

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Two amateur astronomers in different parts of the world captured what looks like an asteroid or comet impacting Jupiter on March 17.

The independent videos — captured by John Mckeon and Gerrit Kernbauer on March 17 — show something slamming into Jupiter on its right side. The Jovian impact — which was first reported by Phil Plait at Slate and confirmed by Mashable — looks like a small flash just above Jupiter's distinctive clouds before disappearing.

The giant planet — the largest in our solar system — is bombarded by space rocks pretty regularly Read more...

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