The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

Jupiter Must Be a Big Target for Asteroids…

Because we are looking at another potential impact just two days ago on August 20th.  This report comes from Junichi Watanabe of Japan using a fairly modest 6 inch telescope and a decent webcam.

So far, no one else has reported this impact and initial follow up observations reveal no impact scar on Jupiter.  If it was a small impactor and burned up higher in the atmosphere, it is possible for there to be no impact scar (as was the case with the previous impact).

We still need a lot more data, but if we keep finding them at this rate, we might have to revise our expected impact rate upward a bit (at least for Jupiter!)


August 23, 2010 - Posted by | Solar System

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