Dark Spot On Jupiter Shows Recent Impact, Confirms NASA

July 21, 2009

Australia (ChattahBox) – A new impact site, once believed to possibly be weather on the surface of the planet, has been confirmed on Jupiter.

The black spot was first sighted by an amateur astronomer by the name of Anthony Wesley. He first spotted it on his telescope from his home in Canberra.

He had this to say in an official report posted online:

“The scope in use was my new 14.5″ newtonian, in use now for a few weeks and so far returning excellent images.”

He watched for some time, as conditions were good, but chose to quit for some time to watch sports.

“When I came back to the scope at about 12:40am I noticed a dark spot rotating into view in Jupiters south polar region started to get curious. When first seen close to the limb (and in poor conditions) it was only a vaguely dark spot, I thouht [sic] likely to be just a normal dark polar storm. However as it rotated further into view, and the conditions improved I suddenly realised that it wasn’t just dark, it was black in all channels, meaning it was truly a black spot.

“My next thought was that it must be either a dark moon (like Callisto) or a moon shadow, but it was in the wrong place and the wrong size. Also I’d noticed it was moving too slow to be a moon or shadow. As far as I could see it was rotating in sync with a nearby white oval storm that I was very familiar with – this could only mean that the back feature was at the cloud level and not a projected shadow from a moon. I started to get excited.

It took another 15 minutes to really believe that I was seeing something new – I’d imaged that exact region only 2 days earlier and checking back to that image showed no sign of any anomalous black spot.”

Scientists he alerted confirmed that the image was not a weather phenomenon, and instead was a recent collision on the giant planet.

“If anything like that had hit the Earth it would have been curtains for us,” he said in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. “So we can feel very happy that Jupiter is doing its vacuum-cleaner job and hoovering up all these large pieces before they come for us.”

The image at the beginning of this report belongs to the NASA/JPL/Infrared Telescope Facility.


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4 Responses to “Dark Spot On Jupiter Shows Recent Impact, Confirms NASA”

  1. Dark Spot On Jupiter Shows Recent Impact, Confirms NASA on July 21st, 2009 11:21 am

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  2. mekesha pryer on July 21st, 2009 1:06 pm

    Glenn Orton, a scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said “It could be the impact of a comet, but we don’t know for sure yet.” Orton said that the planet could have been hit by a block of ice or a comet that was too faint for astronomers to detect before the impact. Mr Wesley made a great discovery.

  3. wow account on July 22nd, 2009 1:17 am

    This one didn’t as much as 1994s Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact. That one did a big one on Jupiter.

  4. paul bryant on July 24th, 2009 12:46 am

    This being on exact aniversary of 1994 impact ;this aint an accident. The red spot onJupiter and the rings around saturn are not ornaments. If come t or me t or hits earth. saturns rings represent if ocean is hit, ice chrystilscircling atomospere. and if collission coarse hits crust. this be the red spot flashing like neon sign. Impact on southern polar region. on 15-7-09 Resolution Island southern earthquake I think is statement of intent . such a hit would helish. The planet being knocked out has been anounced 1995 Ko. be . So the undecided in the word Jupiter is now firm in desision. Its too acurate, even the discovery in Austalia by a computer programer. plus the impact hole size of earth. Do you come from a land down under…………..

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