Explosion on Jupiter spotted by amateur astronomers

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  1. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    [​IMG]An apparent impact on Jupiter early Monday, Sept. 10, created a fireball on the planet so large and bright that amateur astronomers on Earth spotted the flash.

    The surprising impact on Jupiter[​IMG] was first reported by amateur astronomer Dan Peterson of Racine, Wisc., who was observing the largest planet in our solar system when the event occurred, according to the website Spaceweather.com, which tracks space weather and night sky events.

    "It was a bright flash that lasted only 1.5 – 2 seconds," Peterson told Spaceweather.com[​IMG]. Peterson used a Meade 12-inch LX200GPS telescope to observe the event, which occurred near the southern edge of Jupiter's northern equatorial belt of clouds.

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