2010 Jupiter Impact

JUPITER IMPACT! Amateur astronomers Anthony Wesley of Australia and Christopher Go of the Philippines have independently observed an impact event on Jupiter. The strike occurred at 20:31 UT on June 3rd and produced a bright flash of light in the giant planet's cloudtops:  "I still can't believe that I caught a live impact on Jupiter," says Go, who has made a must-see video of the event. "There were no visible remains at the impact point for the next half hour or so, until sunrise put an end to the imaging," says Wesley. The nature of the impactor is presently unknown. It might have been an asteroid or a comet. In either case, a dark and cindery debris field is expected to develop around the impact point; that's what has happened in the aftermath of previous Jupiter impacts. Astronomers are encouraged to monitor Jupiter, and stay tuned for updates.

Update #3: A full day has elapsed since the flash, and many observatories have imaged the impact site. So far, a prominent debris cloud has not emerged. Was this impactor too small to produce much debris? Observations will continue...

Update #2: Wesley has posted a 46 MB video of the impact on his web page.

Update #1: Anthony Wesley has pinpointed the impact site at Jovian latitude minus 16.1o, and central meridian longitudes CM1: 300o, CM2: 33.8o and CM3: 210.4o.

SS: this impact happened near the equator .. this one may not have been a comet but rather an asteroid .. the reason is because according to my cometary orbit theory comets always impact at the southern hemisphere of the planet or sun .. in the years and years of archives of sungrazer nearly all of them come up from the south before impacting into the sun . rarely we will see them impact the equatorial region . the two previous Jupiter impacts of 1994 and 2009 were both southern hemisphere impacts with the objects coming from the south .

2009 Jupiter Impact

1994 Jupiter Impact

A closer look at Jupiter reveals a faint imprint where the giant meteor touched its surface three days before. Image credits: NASA, ESA, M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley), H.B. Hammel (Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.), A.A. Simon-Miller (Goddard Space Flight Center), and the Jupiter Impact Science Team

Mysterious Flash on Jupiter Left No Debris Cloud


Detailed observations made by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have found an answer to the flash of light seen June 3 on Jupiter. It came from a giant meteor burning up high above Jupiter’s cloud tops. The space visitor did not plunge deep enough into the atmosphere to explode and leave behind any telltale cloud of debris, as seen in previous Jupiter collisions.

Astronomers around the world knew that something must have hit the giant planet to unleash a flash of energy bright enough to be seen 400 million miles away. But they didn’t know how deeply it penetrated into the atmosphere. There have been ongoing searches for the “black-eye” pattern of a deep direct hit.

SS: well it seems NASA and I agree on this was not a comet . however, the object had to been very large to make a flash the size of a large moon . so likely it was an asteroid . a meteor like the size that impacts earth we not seen as a large moon sized flash of light . if the earth ever sees anything the size that impacted jupiter impact earth then the earth will be in a bit of trouble . compare the size of the flash with an image of one of jupiters moons below.

SS: so now we know the difference between and asteroid impact into jupiter and a comet impact .. the comets follow a cometary orbit around the gas giant and will slam into the southern hemisphere while an asteroid will plunge more into the equator region since they have a different orbit which is generally around the equator rather than over the poles like a comet orbit .. also a comet will leave a debris cloud while and asteroid will leave no debris cloud .