Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Jupiter 'struck by large object'

Jupiter (NASA/JPL/Infrared Telescope Facility)

The planet Jupiter shows evidence of having being hit by a large object, either a comet or asteroid.

A dark mark has appeared in its atmosphere towards the southern pole.

It was first seen by Australian amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley on 19 July, and was then quickly followed up by others including the US space agency.

Nasa used its Infrared Telescope Facility on top of the Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii to obtain detailed pictures of the disturbance. …

Jupiter 'struck by large object'

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