Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Something Goes Crash on Jupiter

Image Credit Anthony Wesley on 19th July 2009 at 1554UTC from Murrumbateman Australia.

On July 19th Australian amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley photographed a dark patch on the surface of Jupiter (top of image) reminiscent of the impact scars left by the impact of comet Shoemaker Levy.

Images from the Infrared Telescope Facility in Hawaii show a bright spot at the location of the "Scar" indicating that this is the result of an impact event. More information, images and an animation of the "scar" can be found at Spaceweather.

Image Credit NASA/JPL/Infrared Telescope Facility.

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