Ouch, that looks painful!
A photo of amateur astronomer Ethan Chappel seems to show how an asteroid bangs on Wednesday (August 7) against gas giant Jupiter . So far, astronomers are still waiting to see if anyone else has discovered the sudden lightning which was above the planet's southern equatorial belt.
"Today it felt completely unreal to me," Chappel wrote on Twitter . "In the hope that someone else will also record the impact to seal the deal." Chappel and his colleague, astrophotographer George Chappel, take a breathtaking view of the night sky on their Chappel Astro website. Capture the lightning of an asteroid striking the gas giant on August 7, 201
There are many precedent for such influences on Jupiter : The massive gravity of the planet Asteroids and other debris are hauling themselves in. A group of astronomers has estimated that between one and five times a month an object strikes between 16.5 and 65 feet (5 to 20 meters) across the planet.
These effects are unavoidable in the face of the enormous amount of debris floating through the vastness of space. Astronomers have already identified more than 20,000 objects hanging around in the neighborhood of the earth alone, and they know the number is only a fraction of the total. Such space rocks also hit the earth, and protecting the earth from them is the job of a field called planetary defense. However, Jupiter beats more, due to its mass.
Here's an animation that's more representative of how fast the flash hit #Jupiter. Unfortunately, I could not do this job without cutting out 6 frames for every 7th 1994 . The comet was fragmented, and then over the course of two years, about 20 different pieces fell into the banded clouds of the gas giant, leaving dark scars in the clouds.
According to the astronomer this impact is unlikely to leave such scars Heidi Hammel of the Space Science Institute on Twitter conducted observations of the Hubble Space Telescope on the influence of Shoemaker-Levy 9 The image was taken on June 27, long before Chappel's photo.)
We turned to Ethan and George Chappel to learn more about their amazing Jupiter flash photo. This story will be updated as more details become available.