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jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 9:27 PM

NEW IMPACT SCAR ON JUPITER

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-ap-us-sci-jupiter-hit,0,1838610.story?track=rss

Astronomers say Jupiter has apparently been struck by an object, possibly a comet. Images taken by NASA early Monday show a scar in the atmosphere near the south pole of the gas giant. The images, taken by the space agency's infrared telescope in Hawaii, come on the 15th anniversary of another comet strike.

In 1994, Jupiter was bombarded by pieces of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.

Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena captured the new images after receiving a tip from an amateur astronomer the night before.

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 4:47 PM

Thank you, what fascinating stuff!!


~Bev

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 5:46 PM

I just think it's amazing that:

1. Nobody saw it coming (including the amateur astronomer). Which means they won't see it coming toward us, either. (I know we already knew that, but for it to show leave such a large impact scar on Jupiter means it was a HUGE chunk of something. I was at least hoping the pros would see anything that large.)

2. It was an amateur astronomer who even noticed the impact scar.

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 7:45 PM

"And this is the best that you - that the government, the *U.S. government* could come up with? I mean, you're NASA for crying out loud, you put a man on the moon, you're geniuses! You're the guys that're thinking sh1t up! I'm sure you got a team of men sitting around somewhere right now just thinking sh1t up and somebody backing them up! You're telling me you don't have a backup plan, that these eight boy scouts right here, that is the world's hope, that's what you're telling me?"


bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 117.7 - Posts: 1745)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 10:22 PM

Goddess you are one funny chick, I am glad you are on here. One of my favorite movies. Jank that is kinda scary that no one saw a comet that large coming into Jupiters orbit and striking the planet. If it is that visible wow what would it have done to earth.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 21st Jul '09 10:40 PM

It would have probably missed us. We're a much harder target to hit.

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 117.7 - Posts: 1745)
Wed, 22nd Jul '09 1:30 PM

Got me there, Kaufman. It is still scary and will probably definitely happen in the future. There are a lot of foreign objects cascading thru the heavens.

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Wed, 22nd Jul '09 7:35 PM

"Well, our object collision budget’s a million dollars. That allows us to track about 3% of the sky, and beg’n your pardon sir, but it’s a big-ass sky. "

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 22nd Jul '09 7:59 PM

hahaha!

I remember there used to be a program you could download so when you weren't using your computer, a program was running over assigned quadrants (may be just a Star Trek word) to monitor for alien transmissions. Does anyone know if that program still exists? Is there one to monitor unseen objects in space?

Has anyone here ever used the program to monitor for alien transmissions?

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Wed, 22nd Jul '09 8:03 PM

I have never heard of it...but would be very interested.


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