Black Spot Shows New Jupiter Impact?

UPDATE:  Transit times for the scar can be found here. Note that they are in UT, so add one hour for BST.

On the 19th July, an astronomer in Australia photographed a fresh dark “scar” in the cloudtops of Jupiter.

Image by Anthony Wesley from Murrumbateman, Australia. The black spot is at the top of this image.

Image by Anthony Wesley from Murrumbateman, Australia. The black spot is at the top of this image.

The feature resembles the those from the Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacts of 1994.  It is possible that Jupiter has again been struck by an asteroid or comet.  Astronomers and astrophotographers around the world are now slewing their scopes onto Jupiter to confirm what happened and monitor the evolution of the scar.

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Posted on 20 July, 2009, in Astronomy News, Popular Science and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Black Spot Shows New Jupiter Impact?.

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