Monday, July 20, 2009

Did something just whack Jupiter?

Advanced amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley photographed the feature from his observatory in Murrumbateman, Australia on 19 July - a black smudge in Jupiter's clouds near its south polar region (image is inverted) similar to the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacts of 1994.

More here: details and observational updates.

UPDATE: Confirmed by NASA/JPL astronomers using the Infrared Telescope Facility on Mauna Kea, Hawaii; image shown below:
And here's a good, comprehensive article about the discovery.

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