What Hit Jupiter?

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What Hit Jupiter?

Scientists have found evidence that another object has bombarded Jupiter, exactly 15 years after the first impacts by the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.

Following up on a tip by an amateur astronomer, Anthony Wesley of Australia, that a new dark “scar” had suddenly appeared on Jupiter, this morning between 3 and 9 a.m. PDT (6 a.m. and noon EDT) scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., using NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility at the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, gathered evidence indicating an impact.

New infrared images show the likely impact point was near the south polar region, with a visibly dark “scar” and bright upwelling particles in the upper atmosphere detected in near-infrared wavelengths, and a warming of the upper troposphere with possible extra emission from ammonia gas detected at mid-infrared wavelengths.

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(Hat Tip JPL)

What else is out there, and is there anything in Space coming for us?

Ironic that a television program called “Meteor: Path to Destruction” that just aired in completion over the weekend.  The two part story which involves various characters in blatantly obvious Hollywood over hype, but the show is an entertaining story.  Never mind teh (yes, teh) science is junk, the acting is lame’o, but the special effect are good.  I’m more of a SciFi Guy, so any story that solves itself and saves the world with just two minutes before the program ends at 10PM, with commercials, then that’s a movie that’s worth a six pack of beer and a bag of pork rinds.

I actually rooted for the Meteor.

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One Response to “What Hit Jupiter?”

  1. Localmalcontent Says:

    Uh, something that didn’t hit the Earth instead?
    Big thanks, Jupiter~!


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