Jupiter Impact, 3 June 2010

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Christopher K.
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Jupiter Impact, 3 June 2010

Post by Christopher K. » June 4th, 2010, 10:23 pm

Are you kidding? Did it happen again? Yes, on 3 June at 3:30pm Baton Rouge time.

And this time Australian Anthony Wesley didn't catch the aftermath--he caught the impact itself, as did Christopher Go of the Philippines.

Go imaged the impact during a routine imaging sequence using a blue filter. The site of the impact was latitude 16 degrees south, longitude 343 degrees, inside the South Equatorial Belt--which recently faded (see http://www.astronomy.com/asy/default.aspx?c=a&id=9850. This impact has not left any visible mark so far, according to the Washington Post

Interesting enough, this event happened at about the same time as an update on the first impact was released. See http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archiv ... 0/16/full/.

For any who want to attempt a sighting, here are the predicted impact site transit times for Baton Rouge:
5 June: 5:51am, 3:47pm
6 June: 1:43am, 11:38am, 9:34pm
7 June: 7:30am, 5:25pm
8 June: 3:21am, 1:17pm, 11:12pm
9 June: 9:08am

Sky & Telescope article:
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/home/95573224.html

Astronomy Senior Editor Michael Bakich's article:
http://www.astronomy.com/asy/default.aspx?c=a&id=9918

Tony Phillips' Spaceweather site:
http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?vie ... &year=2010

Christopher K.
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Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
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Re: Jupiter Impact, 3 June 2010

Post by Christopher K. » February 11th, 2011, 9:53 pm

In a paper published in Astrophysical Journal Letters back in September, Ricardo Hueso and others estimate the impactor at eight to thirteen meters in diameter; the energy released by the object in the upper atmosphere of Jupiter was five to ten times less than the 1908 Tunguska event. JPL's Glenn Orton states the discovery couldn't have been made without help from amateur astronomers.

More information at:
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/ ... 00909.html

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