Archive for the ‘Jupiter’ Category

Jupiter's Asteroid wound.Yahoo! News reports on an amateur astronomer’s discovery and imaging of a massive wound in Jupiter’s atmosphere, presumably caused by an asteroid or comet… and a pretty big asteroid or comet it must have been. I wonder what went on below the clouds… I imagine it was probably crushed pretty well… wonder why the image is inverted to negative… perhaps to show the blackness of the hole.

“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. A large comet or asteroid has slammed into the Jupiter, creating an impact site the size of Earth, pictures by an Australian amateur astronomer show. Computer programmer Anthony Wesley said it took him 30 minutes to realise a dark spot rotating in Jupiter’s clouds on July 19 was actually the first impact seen by astronomers since a comet collided with the giant planet in July 1994. REUTERS/NASA/JPL/Infrared Telescope Facility/Handout”