June 4, 2010
Two amateur astronomers in the South Pacific captured on video the impact of a fireball on the surface of Jupiter. NBC's Brian William reports. Follow UFO Report on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/uforeport2009
Amateur Astronomers Spot Massive Fireball on Jupiter
(June 4) -- Two amateur astronomers spotted an enormous fireball on the planet Jupiter -- and they even caught it on camera.
Stargazer Anthony Wesley was watching the sky in Australia on Thursday night when he spotted a huge collision and fireball on the surface of the giant planet, SpaceWeather reported. The collision produced a bright flash of light in Jupiter's atmosphere.
Wesley posted the information to an online space forum. Christopher Go, in the Philippines, confirmed Wesley's findings with a video he had shot of the planet.
"It's rare enough to see a spectacular fireball here on Earth, but no other human being in history has seen one happen right before their eyes on another planet," blogger Bob King, better known as AstroBob, wrote.
This is not the first time that Wesley has been ahead of the game in Jupiter watching. Last year, he noticed a huge black spot on the planet's surface, MSNBC reported.
Astronomers spent months analyzing the spot before concluding that an asteroid from the Hilda group of space bodies near Jupiter may have struck the planet while it was turned away from Earth.
Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system, more than 1,000 times bigger than Earth. The planet is a giant ball of gas and liquid, with little or no solid surface.
Last month, Wesley produced pictures showing that a stripe of dark red clouds in the planet's southern atmosphere had vanished.
It is not yet known what caused this recent impact on Jupiter, but amateur and professional astronomers alike will be watching the planet for marks left on the planet's top clouds.
"Astronomers around the world, both professional and amateur, are scrambling now to get views of the impact site," Emily Lackdawalla of the Planetary Society told AOL News. "Wesley's work shows that you don't need a big telescope to see pretty cool stuff."
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