Amateur astronomer records Jupiter getting hit again!

The giant planet Jupiter gets hit by celestial objects frequently due to its gigantic presence in the outer space. The planet got hit again Tuesday, but this time, the scientists are not sure what collided with Jupiter. However, an amateur astronomer has reportedly captured the event Jupiter getting hit.

An unknown object crashed with Jupiter this week, which as a result scattered white light around the space of Jupiter. The German astronomer named Harald Paleske had shared the moment that he captured from Earth.

Paleske told the media that he was able to capture the moment as he was locating the moon of the planet Jupiter creating a solar eclipse in the planet’s atmosphere. During the recording, the amateur astronomer noticed a white light coming from the giant planet. According to Paleske, he did not realize at first what the light was caused by. However, later he realized it must be the impact of something hitting Jupiter’s surface.

Talking to Space Weather, Paleske told, “A bright flash of light surprised me. It could only be an impact.” However, the event of collision has not been confirmed by the officials yet. But, if the light is confirmed to have born from the impact of a collision of an object with Jupiter, it would be cited as the eight recorded impact on the surface of the gas planet.

Paleske further told that after recording the impact, he tried to watch and notice each frame in order to get an idea what the impact was from. But he could not get his hands on anything. He found the flash was in Jupiter’s atmosphere and that remained visible only for a second or two.

Sharing the video which is making rounds, astronomer Damian Peach also addressed the collision of Jupiter with an unknown object. Damian tweeted, “A new impact flash has been discovered on Jupiter by Brazilian observer Jose Luis Pereira – the flash occurred at Sep 13th, 22:39:30 UTC. It looks quite a bright one. Follow up images of this region will be useful to see if any dark scar was left following the event.”

Other than Germany’s Harald Paleske, the even was noted by another amateur astronomer from Brazil named José Luis Pereira.

Pereira is a Brazilian observer who is fascinated by the outer space. Jose captured the event of bright flash emerging in the Jovian atmosphere on Monday. As told by him, Pereira was setting up his camera and other equipment to capture images of his favorite planet Jupiter from Sao Paulo.

“I am an assiduous planetary observer,” told Pereira in a statement. “When the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars are in opposition, I try to make images in every possible night of clear skies. Especially [of] the planet Jupiter, my favorite.”

While looking to capture images of Jupiter and videos for the DeTeCt program, Pereira was luckily looking at the sky at the right time. As he told, the weather was not looking well for him to capture, but Jose still managed to capture a series of 25 videos of Jupiter on Monday night. The videos captured by the amateur astronomer had no time gap in between, and it also captured the two seconds long impact of an object hitting the gas planet.

“To my surprise, in the first video I noticed a different glow on the planet, but I didn’t pay much attention to it as I thought it might be something related to the parameters adopted, and I continued watching normally,” Pereira wrote. “So as not to stop the captures in progress for fear that weather conditions would worsen, I didn’t check the first video.”

After the event, Pereira submitter his recording for the DeTeCt program and went to bed that night. However, the very next day, Jose was alerted about the possible collision of an unknown object with Jupiter. Pereira went on to check his result on 14th September when he was informed about the “high probability of impact” by the program.

Nonetheless, to confirm the event, Pereira also shared his captured recording with Marc Delcroix of the French Astronomical Society. In return, Marc Delcroix confirmed it for Jose that he has indeed recorded the impact of a collision on Jovian surface. Pereira shared that this was a great emotional moment for him as he had been looking to record such celestial event for a long while.

According to the reports, the event of collision tool place on Monday at 6:39 p.m. EDT. The reports and experts say that Jupiter is met with such collisions frequently. One of the reason why the planet gets hit with celestial objects is its proximity with the main asteroid belt.

Being such a big planet, Jupiter’s gravitational pull strong as well, there the planet attracts and get collided with objects quite often. The first such recorded event was back in 1994, when the residue of the broken-apart Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 had slammed into the Jovian surface. The impact of the event was recorded, and the physical impact of the collision remained on the planet for a long while.

Another noticeable collision happened in 2009, fifteen years after the 1994 event. The impact was the result of an impactor hit the Jupiter’s surface. This particular event is known to a high profile event as it left Jupiter with a scar that was the size of the Pacific Ocean. Certainly, the impact was noticeable for a long time, which helped the scientists to trace the happening of the 2009 event.

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