Jupiter News Today: The footage shows that a high-speed object has just collided with Jupiter.
Amateur astronomers often photograph Jupiter, the gas giant planet 300 times more massive than Earth, in order to study activity on the famous world. In 2021, an observer photographed a space rock colliding with Jupiter, and now a Japanese astronomer has photographed another interesting explosion in Jupiter’s sky.
What happened? An asteroid, or a piece of an asteroid or comet, a few dozen yards across, collided with Jupiter. As it sped across the planet’s towering skies, it collided with atmospheric molecules, quickly causing friction and heat.
“It’s melting and exploding,” Peter Ferris, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, a collaborative research group between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Harvard College Observatory, told Mashable. He continued, “It is pretty much a fireball,” in reference to the meteors that erupt in the Earth’s atmosphere.
NASA’s distant spacecraft captures stunning views of the world of volcanoes Jupiter, which is 11 times wider than our planet, this was a small collisional event. Large collisions, such as that of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 in 1994, left dark spots on Jupiter’s surface, including one the diameter of Earth.
Objects also collide with the Earth but on a smaller scale. Every day about 100 tons of dust and sand-sized particles fall through the Earth’s atmosphere and instantly burn up. Every year, on average, a “car-sized asteroid” crashes through our sky and explodes, NASA explains. Impacts of objects about 460 feet in diameter occur every 10,000 to 20,000 years, and “dinosaur-killing” impacts of rock perhaps a half-mile wide or larger occur on timescales of 100 million years. (In the future, when a huge rock returns, scientists hope to destroy it.)
Expect to see more images of asteroids destroying Jupiter. While most professional giant telescopes (which devote expensive operating hours to looking into the deep universe) don’t focus on the giant world so close to home, some amateur astronomers stay up all night (this view is mostly spontaneous). This results in brilliant shots and a better understanding of our cosmic neighborhood.
“Amateurs all over the world can just point and observe,” Virich said. “This is a great advantage
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