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#1 Hum

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 22:27

A fireball thought to be an asteroid or comet hitting the surface of Jupiter was captured by two amateur astronomers early Monday, spaceweather.com reports.

One of the astronomers, identified as George Hall from Dallas, posted a screen shot in multiple reports and wrote about the discovery on his blog, George’s Astrophotography.

“The impact was observed by Dan Peterson visually this morning,” Hall wrote, crediting another space enthusiast with making the initial observation and posting what he saw online.

“When I saw the post, I went back and examined the videos that I had collected this morning …” he wrote in a post describing how he captured a video of the impact. “The video was captured with a 12" LX200GPS, 3x Televue Barlow, and Point Grey Flea 3 camera. The capture software was Astro IIDC.”

Hall posted a four-second video of the impact. He wrote that it was taken at about 6:35 a.m. Monday on his Flickr page.

A NASA Science News post from September 2010 stated: “Jupiter is getting hit surprisingly often by small asteroids, lighting up the giant planet's atmosphere with frequent fireballs.”

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 22:42

Looks like that would have taken out a few blocks if it hit earth !

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 23:23

I'm glad it's them instead of us but our day is probably coming.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 11:59

Looks like that would have taken out a few blocks if it hit earth !



That explosion is almost the size of Earth.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 12:18

Saw this the other day. Its pretty cool in motion:
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And pretty scary when you compare the size of the explosion to earth:

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 13:26

yup, that's a huge ass chunk of rock. Luckily gas giants have enough mass to steer most astaroids away from our humble little planet.