After receiving a new beautiful photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, it looks like Jupiter was hit by an object (probably an asteroid) and the exact moment of impact is recorded in the images. The one who managed to capture the moment was amateur astronomer Ethan Chapel last Wednesday (7).
Chapel tweets, saying, "I hope someone recorded the impact as well." He also shared photos and video animation on his official website, showing the moment when the place of impact shone in the atmosphere of the gas giant and the largest planet in the solar system. See below:
Here is an animation that is more representative of how fast the flash turns on #Jupiter have occurred. Unfortunately I couldn't do this job without cutting 6 frames for every 7. pic.twitter.com/POQynVOlA8
– Chappel Astro (@ChappelAstro) August 8, 2019
Impacts like this on Jupiter are not uncommon and can happen at any time (it is estimated that an object with a diameter of five to twenty meters collides with Jupiter one to five times a month), given the large number of space objects floating in the solar system and the intense gravity of Jupiter, which pulls asteroids and other bodies close to itself. For this reason, the gas giant may be considered a true protector of the earth – objects that may collide with our planet are often attracted by Jupiter's gravity along the way.
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