Jupiter Gets It In The Eye!

Many places are reporting today that yes indeed amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley discovered that Jupiter was hit by something rather large. In 1994 comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 hit Jupiter with spectacular results. In this image by Mr. Wesley the dark spot at the top of the image isn’t normally seen. It was clearly something new and different and it turns out to be an impact.

Anthony Wesley from Canberra, Australia has captured a new impact spot on Jupiter. Credit: Anthony Wesley

Now there are professional astronomers adding more observations with more sophisticated equipment but this is the discovery of a lifetime for an amateur astronomer so congrats to Anthony Wesley of Murrumbateman Australia.

This image shows a large impact shown on the bottom left on Jupiter's south polar region captured on July 20, 2009, by NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility in Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Credit: NASA/JPL/Infrared Telescope Facility

Infrared Image of impact zone

The NASA Infrared Telescope Facility in Hawaii took this image which shows not only the impact area but the debris scattered in the upper atmosphere. Check out the post over at Universe Today for more information.

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One Response to “Jupiter Gets It In The Eye!”

  1. Very interesting. I’m interested in seeing how the eclipse will play out in Asia.

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