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Another Jupiter impact?
john_s
post Jun 3 2010, 10:55 PM
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Anthony Wesley in Australia says he saw another impact on Jupiter today- this time capturing the immediate flash on video. No obvious aftereffects, so far, but Europeans and Americans with telescopes might want to take a look tonight...
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post Jun 3 2010, 11:01 PM
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Amazing! Can't wait for the video.

Looks so small compared to other impacts we've witnessed, but to think it's still many megatons of energy...


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post Jun 3 2010, 11:01 PM
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Holy crap! I just now noticed the tweet from Emily about this & ran over to post...you're right on top of it, John! smile.gif

Jupiter splat-spotting just might become an emerging sub-specialty of amateur astronomy! (Hmm...wonder if anyone's monitoring Jupiter's radio emissions 24/7? Suppose that these things might produce a burst of static or even a whistle?)


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post Jun 3 2010, 11:04 PM
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It's interesting to compare to the Galileo images of one of the SL9 impact flashes, which looked MUCH brighter. So we might not expect an impact scar from this one...

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post Jun 3 2010, 11:17 PM
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I just spoke with Anthony on the phone and he tells me that the whole event lasted about two seconds from appearing to fading.
Couldn't see any immediate after effects, but thought it may take until the next rotation to see anything.
He is away from his normal computer set up at the moment but will be pulling together the video in the next few hours.
Anthony tells me that he was recording at 60 frames per second when the event occured, so there'll be lots of video goodness to view.
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post Jun 3 2010, 11:32 PM
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Apparently Christopher Go in the Philippines saw the flash at the exact same time, so it's definitely real. This is proof that Jupiter gets no moments of privacy these days.

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post Jun 3 2010, 11:46 PM
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Now we just need one at Saturn.


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post Jun 3 2010, 11:49 PM
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I was gonna say "Jupiter sucks", but that's both very wrong & very right... rolleyes.gif

Hope that a probable origin can be determined for the object responsible for this latest strike. Apparently, the one last year is thought to be from one of the loose Trojan associations; lots of potential interesting questions re rates of depletion & replenishment of those regions if this one's from the same source.


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post Jun 4 2010, 12:21 AM
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Christopher Go's video of the Jovian fireball is now online: http://astro.christone.net/jupiter/jupiterimpact.wmv


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post Jun 4 2010, 12:33 AM
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Wow!!! Thanks, VP.

That brief 'halo' around the impact: reflections off of the surrounding cloud layers/upper haze?


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post Jun 4 2010, 12:36 AM
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Amazing! Well done!
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post Jun 4 2010, 01:12 AM
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For members with scopes in Europe, the impact site reaches the bright limb of Jupiter at around 06/04 02:52 UTC (might as well also image a transit of Jupiter by Europa occurring at the time). It crosses the central meridian around 05:15 UTC and reaches the evening terminator around 07:22 UTC. For the next opportunity, it reaches the bright limb at 06/04 12:43 UTC, cross the central meridian around 15:07 UTC, and reaches the evening terminator around 17:16 UTC.

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post Jun 4 2010, 03:27 AM
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Here's a link to a page with Anthony's video.
http://jupiter.samba.org/jupiter/20100603-...pact/index.html
Note: 45mb

Edit: Just noticed that in the top left hand corner of the image, for a moment you can see a moon in view. ohmy.gif
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post Jun 4 2010, 07:12 AM
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There's now a RGB image from Anthony on the IceInSpace.com forum.

What a luck, he say he witnessed it real time!


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post Jun 4 2010, 07:32 AM
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QUOTE (john_s @ Jun 4 2010, 12:04 AM) *
It's interesting to compare to the Galileo images of one of the SL9 impact flashes, which looked MUCH brighter.
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SL9 impacts occurred in darkness, this impact is on the daylight hemisphere, so it may be difficult to make comparisons based on brightness??
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