Sunday, 26 July 2009

Jupiter Impact

A week ago Australian amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley took some photos of an impact event on Jupiter. Apparently a comet or asteroid has struck the planet. The team at Hubble decided the event was significant enough to interrupt the telescope's checkout and calibration (following the recent refurbishment) and get some snaps themselves.

Observing this sort of event is relatively rare. The last one was Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 in 1994.

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