Explosion On Jupiter Last Night.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Click to read about it … at ‘Astronomy Now.

I got an e-mail alert this morning, so I thought I will share the news with you because this is probably not something most of you follow, or possibly even care about.

It was most likely a small asteroid hitting the Jovian ‘surface’ (which is mainly gaseous). Happens quite often given that Jupiter, due to its enormous mass, attracts objects passing by at quite a distance. But for it to be seen from Earth it has to been quite big and spectacular. If we had an equivalent asteroid impact on Earth (less likely because Earth’s gravitational pull is nowhere close to that of Jupiter) we would definitely know about it (and I am understating that).

Having messed about with Dwarf Planets I now dabble in asteroids in my spare time (usually during my 3rd shift, 10:45 pm to 12:30 am, which seems appropriate).

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