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Possible fresh impact mark on Jupiter captured by Anthony Wesly in Australia, no News sources confirming this yet but his image clearly shows a impact mark on the planets surface.
Will hopefully find out a bit more as the European observatories train the telescopes on the planet soon.
Originally posted by Hastobemoretolife
I thought Jupiter was a giant ball of gas, and because of which doesn't have a surface.
Do you have a link to the article you linked to the picture.
Jupiter has a rocky core that is more than twice as large as previously thought, according to computer calculations by a geophysicist who simulated conditions inside the planet on the scale of individual hydrogen and helium atoms. "Our simulations show there is a big rocky object in the center surrounded by an ice layer and hardly any ice elsewhere in the planet," said Burkhard Militzer from University of California, Berkeley. "This is a very different result for the interior structure of Jupiter than other recent models, which predict a relatively small or hardly any core and a mixture of ices throughout the atmosphere." A comparison of this model with the planet's known mass, radius, surface temperature, gravity and equatorial bulge implies that Jupiter's core is an Earth-like rock 14 to 18 times the mass of Earth, or about one-twentieth of Jupiter's total mass, Militzer said. Previous models predicted a much smaller core of only 7 Earth masses, or no core at all.
Originally posted by star in a jar
Since Jupiter is a gas giant, where did the asteroid go, did it exit on the other side, break up, or did Jupiter absorb it like a sponge?
Did something just hit Jupiter? On July 19th, a black "scar" appeared in Jupiter's clouds similar to the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacts of 1994. Veteran Jupiter observer Anthony Wesley photographed the feature from his observatory in Murrumbateman, Australia:
Originally posted by lpowell0627
Perhaps my comment isn't as simple as I'm making it, so someone please feel free to tell me what I'm missing.
Jupiter isn't all that far away and is part of what i call the "monitored" planets -- meaning we have someone taking pictures of it all the time.
My question is: how the heck could they have not seen this asteroid approaching Jupiter long before it hit? I mean, they have lists and lists of asteroids and meteors that are "in Earth's path" that go from a potential collision a couple of years aways out to 150+ years away.
This makes me question how possible it really is for an undetected asteroid/meteor to strike Earth without all these experts seeing it coming before it's too late.
I'm not saying one is going to hit anytime soon, but I guess i'm a little disappointed that they don't have things as covered "up there" as I had thought.