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WeDidIt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 08:11 AM
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Jupiter Struck by Object, NASA Images Confirm
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This is kind of scary because Terra is similarly vulnerable and nobody saw this one coming:

Jupiter Struck by Object, NASA Images Confirm

PASADENA, California A large comet or asteroid has slammed into Jupiter, creating an impact site the size of Earth, pictures by an Australian amateur astronomer show.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed the discovery using its large infrared telescope at the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii, said computer programer Anthony Wesley, 44, who discovered the impact zone while stargazing at home.

News of Wesley's find on a backyard 14.5-inch reflecting telescope has stunned the astronomy world, with scientists saying the impact will last only days more.

Wesley said it took him 30 minutes to realize 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.

July 20: A large impact on Jupiter's south polar region is captured by NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility in Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

Yeah, I know it's Fox, but it was the only source I could find

We need to increase funding for NEO research.
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  -Jupiter Struck by Object, NASA Images Confirm WeDidIt  Jul-21-09 08:11 AM   #0 
  - Terra Terra Terra!!  Robb   Jul-21-09 08:12 AM   #1 
  - Forgive me, it's the Terran Trekker in me  WeDidIt   Jul-21-09 08:13 AM   #2 
  - Run away!  Baclava   Jul-21-09 11:27 AM   #14 
  - CBS says it might be a comet that did the damage  MADem   Jul-21-09 08:21 AM   #3 
  - Even more troubling if it was a comet  WeDidIt   Jul-21-09 08:32 AM   #5 
  - Jupiteranus!  peekaloo   Jul-21-09 08:22 AM   #4 
  - So...isn't Jupiter constantly getting hit with stuff?  cbdo2007   Jul-21-09 08:36 AM   #6 
  - So is the earth, but the stuff is not very big.  pocoloco   Jul-21-09 08:53 AM   #7 
  - It's interesting scientifically and in that sense it's big news,  drm604   Jul-21-09 08:55 AM   #8 
  - Lots of people think that without Jupiter life on earth would be impossible due to the impacts  jakeXT   Jul-21-09 09:36 AM   #9 
  - Yup, It's The System's Vacuum Cleaner  Beetwasher   Jul-21-09 09:47 AM   #11 
  - Good point & nice mythological reference.  Vidar   Jul-21-09 12:34 PM   #18 
  - I hope all the Europians are safe! nt  Peace Patriot   Jul-21-09 09:46 AM   #10 
  - He nearly missed it, because he wanted to watch sports  jakeXT   Jul-21-09 09:52 AM   #12 
  - It'll be our turn in 2012 - my advice - buy on credit now.  Baclava   Jul-21-09 09:52 AM   #13 
  - Better it than us.  Mz Pip   Jul-21-09 11:30 AM   #15 
  - Actually, it's good we have Jupiter  PVnRT   Jul-21-09 11:46 AM   #16 
     - But couldn't that gravity well also fling objects towards us?  Baclava   Jul-21-09 12:08 PM   #17 

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