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Jupiter Impact March 17th 2016

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Published on Mar 28, 2016

Exact time of impact: 00:18:45 UT. Video taken with an 11" SCT with an ASI120mm camera and Ir-pass 742nm filter. Look to the right side of the planet at about 3 o'clock.

This video shows an apparent impact on Jupiter. If you look to the right side of the planet you will notice a brief bright flash. This is suspected to be a comet or asteroid measuring in the tens of meters across. Even such a small object causes a huge energy release when it impacts Jupiter's cloud tops, enough to be seen by amateur telescopes here on Earth. You can find more detail in this excellent write up by Phil Plait:
http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astron...

This observation was made by me in Dublin, Ireland. This is one of two known observations made of this event. The other was taken by an amateur astronomer in Mödling, Austria:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LiL7...

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