Jupiter impacted by another large asteroid

September 13, 2012 SPACE - Around the world, amateur astronomers have been scanning the cloudtops of Jupiter for signs of debris from an explosion witnessed by Dan Peterson and George Hall on Sept. 10th. So far the cloud layer is blank. “Several observers have now obtained excellent images on the second and third rotations after the fireball, and there is nothing new nor distinctive at the impact site,” reports John H. Rogers, director of the Jupiter Section of the British Astronomical Association: The fireball was probably caused by a small asteroid or comet hitting Jupiter. Apparently, the giant planet swallowed the impactor whole. When fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 hit Jupiter in 1994, each major flash observed by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft produced a “bruise,” a murky mixture of incinerated comet dust and chemically altered Jovian gas twisting and swirling among the clouds. In July 2009, amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley discovered a similar mark thought to be debris from a rogue asteroid crashing into the planet. So where is the debris this time? Perhaps the impactor was small, packing just enough punch to make a flash, but without leaving much debris. Indeed, studies suggest that Jupiter is frequently struck by relatively small 10-meter-class asteroids. In such cases, minimal debris is to be expected. –Space Weather
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10 Responses to Jupiter impacted by another large asteroid

  1. relic says:

    IMO what we witnessed was a plasma discharge event, not an asteroid…

  2. Greg says:

    Alvin

    In your latest book you mentioned that with the positions of Saturn and Jupiter on the winter solstice would allow less protection from these types of mentors, do you expect to see more activity over the coarse of the next six months

    Greg

    • IMG

      Greg, I mentioned in the first book, The Extinction Protocol, that the curious positioning of the twin giants (Jupiter and Saturn) on December 21, 2012 poses some increased risks factors for Earth, for an object that might be on the right trajectory to potentially slip through- provided one might be heading in our direction. It’s just one of those things you have to watch and see what happens.

      Alvin

  3. 4leonice says:

    It wasn’t an impact. There is no scar on the surface of Jupiter – like the scar from Shoemaker-Levy and others. It’s a plasma discharge…But where does the energy come from?

    • No one knows what it is to be quite frank. We can see that this was no small event, as the fireballs are to scale almost as large as Earth. Jupiter has very dense cloud cover and we never see anything burning through the atmosphere in any of these so-called impact events.

  4. Cherry says:

    Looked more like something on the inside than something from the exterior.

  5. EdgedWeaponsExpert says:

    Anybody who knows how long time an asteroid travelling at “average” speed (if there is such a thing as average speed for these objects) would take to travel from Jupiter to our planet?

    • EdgedWeaponsExpert says:

      My calculations says about a year….assuming the speed is about 18 km/second and Jupiter is around 4 AU away from us. Speeds of asteroids seems to range from 11 – 25 km/s… Am I wrong?

  6. sarahandcoryb@yahoo.com says:

    Maybe we just saw an alien spacecraft enter or exit Jupiter. Theres a lot more out there then any of us can conceive.

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