Amateur Astrophotographer Captures Huge Explosion on Jupiter
Posted by Xeno on September 12, 2012
An apparent meteor struck Jupiter yesterday, creating an explosion so massive that amateur astronomers looking through their telescopes her on Earth were able to see it. Amateur astrophotographer George Hall of Dallas, Texas happened to have a camera and telescope pointed at the planet at the time, and managed to snag some video footage of the fireball, which he soon uploaded to his Flickr account.
The impact was first observed by amateur astronomer Dan Peterson of Racine, Wisconsin, who was gazing at Jupiter through his telescope when he saw “a bright flash that lasted only 1.5 – 2 seconds.” After Peterson shared what he had witnessed on an online astronomy forum, Hall came across the post and realized that he might have captured it on video. He went through the footage he captured that morning, and sure enough, there was the impact.
This whole story is a visual illustration of an awesome fact about our solar system: that Jupiter acts as a “cosmic vacuum cleaner”, protecting our planet from impacts that could be devastating. EarthSky writes,
Jupiter’s gravity also protects us. Long-period comets enter the solar system from its outer reaches. Jupiter’s gravity slings most of these fast-moving ice balls out of the solar system before they can get close to Earth. So long-period comets are thought to strike Earth only about every 30 million years. Without Jupiter nearby, long-period comets would collide with our planet up to 1000 times more frequently.
To understand how devastating this kind of impact would be on Earth, consider this: a similar strike in 2009 caused a bruise on the face of Jupiter the size of the Pacific Ocean.
Monday’s Jupiter impact was the fourth report of objects striking Jupiter since July 2009, when amateur astronomers spotted a bruise the size of the Pacific Ocean in the planet’s cloud tops after an apparent asteroid strike on the planet.
Two more Jupiter impact events were reported in 2010 by night sky observers, first in June and then again in August.
One of the most dazzling Jupiter impacts was the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet crash in 1994. The comet broke into more than 20 pieces as it approached Jupiter, with each piece crashing into the giant planet. Astronomers used telescopes on the ground and in space to watch that event as it unfolded.
“The speed of modern communications also helps, and word of the impact spread around the internet with great rapidity,” Lawrence said. “For those with a camera, the lure of imaging Jupiter just became that little bit more exciting!”
If this event happened on Jupiter on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, say at the exact minute the attack was given the ok, the aliens may be trying to tell our deceptive leaders to straighten up or they will steer a space rock at us and destroy our entire planet. Remember, the aliens oppose deception. There have been other warnings. They can do it. They hit one guy’s house six times just to prove it.
On September 10, Dan Petersen of Racine, Wisconsin, reported on Cloudy Nights forum the visual detection of a flash on Jupiter at 11:35 UTC. Petersen observed a bright white two second long explosion just inside Jupiter’s eastern limb, located at about Longitude 1 = 335, and Latitude = + 12 degrees north, inside the southern edge of the NEB. The report was sent to Richard Schmude of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO) and forwarded to us by John H. Rogers, Jupiter Section Director at the British Astronomical Association.
If it was 11:35 UTC on 9/10, what time is it in New York City? 7:35 PM on 9/10. What happened on 9/10/2001? Something pretty big, but you don’t remember it because something bigger ( the 9/11 attacks) happened the next day. 9/10/2001 was the day that Rumsfeld announced that $2.3 trillion dollars was missing from the Pentagon.
One Army office in the Pentagon lost 34 of its 65 employees in the attack. Most of those killed in the office, called Resource Services Washington, were civilian accountants, bookkeepers and budget analysts. They were at their desks when American Airlines Flight 77 struck the building.
$2.3 Trillion missing from the pentagon the day before 9/11-Rumsfield said “It fact it can be said its a matter of life and DEATH”
Yes, I’d say the aliens are not happy with our progress. Our species may be too deceptive, too violent, to morally bankrupt to be allowed to spread beyond our own planet.