Anthony Wesley
Image taken:
Jul. 19, 2009
Location:
Murrumbateman, Australia
Details:
Jupiter has been hit by something, similar to the Shoemaker-Levy impact in 1994. There is a jet black circular impact mark near its south pole that I imaged tonight from my observatory in Murrumbateman Australia. I have imagery of that same location from 2 nights earlier without the impact mark so this is a very recent event. This image shows that the material has already begun to spread out in a fan shape on one side, and should be rapidly pulled apart by the fast jetstream winds. I'm sure this will generate some interest around the astronomy community, as impacts like this are rare. I recorded a lot of footage, and will be generating more images and a rotation animation.
 
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