posted on Apr, 24 2014 @ 12:25 PM
Jupiter was fairly near the horizon at the stated time. I've seen the planet Venus split up into three separate pieces under similar conditions.
Atmospheric turbulence distorts the image of the planets, especially when they're near the horizon, due to uneven, quickly varying refraction.
Recall how a hot pavement makes anything in the area above it look like its undulating, like rippling water. This is a similar effect on a larger
edit on 24-4-2014 by Ross 54 because: improved paragraph structure.