Jupiter Collision

Australian Anthony Wesley has discovered an impact on Jupiter, and confirmed by NASA’s JPL. The local story, via the Sydney Morning Herald:

 An amateur Australian astronomer has set the space-watching world on fire after discovering that a rare comet or asteroid had crashed into Jupiter, leaving an impact the size of Earth.

Anthony Wesley, 44, a computer programmer from Murrumbateman, a village north of Canberra, made the discovery about 1am yesterday using his backyard 14.5-inch reflecting telescope.

The impact would have occurred no more than two days earlier and will only be visible for another few days.

 

 

 Check out Sky and Telescope’s Red Spot Transit Table for reference.

 

Yeah, reminds me of the scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite…

 

 

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