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Jupiter shock: Incredibly rare moment mysterious object slams into planet in white flash


Ethan Chappel, a photographer from Texas, managed to film the rare moment an object slammed into the side of Jupiter. A video shows the object, which is possibly a space rock, make a brief white flash on the planet before abruptly vanishing. The object appeared just south of the equator on August 7.

Although these impacts are not unusual, it is extremely rare to capture such a moment.

Mr Chappel, who captured the footage, told ScienceAlert: “After I checked the video and saw the flash, my mind started racing.

“I urgently felt the need to share it with people who would find the results useful.”

Mr Chappel tweeted the video, speculating the white set could be an “impact flash”. He posted: “Imaged Jupiter tonight. Looks awfully like an impact flash in the SEB. Happened on 2019-08-07 at 4:07 UTC.”

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In a separate tweet, he added there was “no visible sign of an impact scar” from the mysterious object.

Meanwhile, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken a fresh new look at the planet Jupiter in stunning new pictures.

NASA’s latest portraits of Jupiter were snapped on June 27, 2019, when Hubble had a good view of the Great Red Spot.

Compared to past photos of the gas giant, NASA said these new pictures have a “more intense” palette of colours.

The Great Red Spot has been Jupiter’s most long-lasting feature.

According to NASA, the Great Red Spot is “anchored in roiling atmosphere” that receives heat from deep inside of the planet.

The heating from Jupiter’s interior is what drives the planet’s iconic turbulent features.

On Earth, the atmosphere is largely powered by the power of the Sun.

NASA added: “From Jupiter, however, the Sun is much fainter because the planet is much farther away from it.

“Jupiter’s upper atmosphere is a riot of colourful clouds, contained in bands that whisk along at different wind speeds and in alternating directions.

“Dynamic features such as cyclones and anticyclones – high -pressure storms that rotate counterclockwise in the southern hemisphere – abound.”



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