Get your scorecards out — Jupiter simply took one other interplanetary hit. If it is confirmed it will be the eleventh noticed comet or asteroid strike on the gas big because the items of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 slammed into Jupiter in 1994.
Just a little greater than a month after 5 amateurs independently recorded the same flash, a crew of astronomers, led by Ko Arimatsu of Kyoto University, filmed this most up-to-date flare in Jupiter’s cloud tops at 13:24 UT on Friday, October fifteenth.
Arimatsu and the group used a surveillance system known as PONCOTS as a part of the Organized Autotelescopes for Serendipitous Event Survey (OASES) challenge to make their discovery. Although we have but to nail down the flash’s exact Jovian latitude and longitude, the occasion occurred in Jupiter’s North Tropical Zone close to the southern fringe of the North Temperate Belt. From the video, the burst lasted about 4 seconds. It shortly rises into visibility, maintains a gentle gentle for about 2 seconds after which swiftly disappears.
According to the Europlanet Society, on common 6½ objects 10 meters throughout and bigger (that’s, large enough for amateurs to document) hit Jupiter every year. Aided by transient-alert software program like DeTeCt, we have seen a gentle uptick within the variety of impacts in latest years, proving that the extra we glance, the extra we see. The most recent impact, in September, did not produce a visual influence scar. This one might not both. But each occasions make us keenly conscious of the potential hazards that also lurk in our solar system.
Amateurs who photographed and took video of the Jupiter across the time of the potential influence are urged to contact both Marc Delcroix or Ricardo Hueso to offer affirmation of the occasion. Let us right here at Sky & Telescope know, too! Just go away a remark, and I’ll be certain that to contact you.