Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Impact on Jupiter!

JPL releases observations that show that Jupiter got whacked with something big. It's not quite as big as the Shoemaker-Levy impacts of 1994, but it's still very impressive and possibly may become observable.

A 1.65-micron image from the Infrared Telescope Facility in Hawaii:

The smallish bright spot on the bottom is the new impact, which looks black at visible wavelengths.

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