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Old 07-21-2009, 12:19 PM   #1
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090721/...piter_asteroid

CANBERRA (Reuters Life!) – A large comet or asteroid has slammed into the Jupiter, creating an impact site the size of Earth, pictures by an Australian amateur astronomer show.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed the discovery using its large infrared telescope at the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii, said computer programer Anthony Wesley, 44, who discovered the impact zone while stargazing at home.

News of Wesley's find on a backyard 14.5-inch reflecting telescope has stunned the astronomy world, with scientists saying the impact will last only days more.

Wesley said it took him 30 minutes to realize a dark spot rotating in Jupiter's clouds on July 19 was actually the first impact seen by astronomers since a comet collided with the giant planet in July 1994.

"I thought (it) likely to be just a normal dark polar storm," he said on his website www.acquerra.com.au/astro.

"However as it rotated further into view and the conditions improved I suddenly realized that it wasn't just dark, it was black in all channels, meaning it was truly a black spot," Wesley said from his home at Murrumbateman, north of Canberra.

Photographs show the impact zone, or "scar," near Jupiter's south polar region, with gases seen in infrared images.

"We are extremely lucky to be seeing Jupiter at exactly the right time, the right hour, the right side of Jupiter to witness the event. We couldn't have planned it better," NASA JPL scientist Glenn Orton told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

Orton confirmed the spot was an impact site and not a localized weather event in Jupiter's swirling surface, similar to the planet's famed red spot.
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:21 PM   #2
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Considerinh how many awesome space events we weren't in the right time at the right place to see, we were bound to get lucky sooner or later, right?
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:23 PM   #3
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:32 PM   #4
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can't wait till one hits us !!!
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:39 PM   #5
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:41 PM   #6
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can't wait till one hits us !!!
I would love to have that be the last thing I see on this earth... what an awesome sight.
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:44 PM   #7
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I don't think you would see much more then lots of smoke and fire as it blazed through the atmosphere...I would prefer to have Emma Watsons taint be the last thing I see on Earth...but to each his own...
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:47 PM   #8
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can't wait till one hits us !!!
Bruce Willis will never let that happen.
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:50 PM   #9
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Morgan Freeman has a plan!
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:52 PM   #10
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but Nick Cage failed to save us from the sun.
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:00 PM   #11
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but Nick Cage failed to save us from the sun.
Hilary Swank will take us to the core.
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:00 PM   #12
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I don't think you would see much more then lots of smoke and fire as it blazed through the atmosphere...I would prefer to have Emma Watsons taint be the last thing I see on Earth...but to each his own...
something that large would create enough radiant heat incinerate anything above ground, in its visible horizon long before it came close
which would be VERY quickly

an object that size...even if it passed just within lunar orbit would likely, eventually, end us all
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:02 PM   #13
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I would love to have that be the last thing I see on this earth... what an awesome sight.
If you were anywhere near the actual impact site (and by near I mean within 5,000 miles) you wouldn't see a damn thing.
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:03 PM   #14
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If you were anywhere near the actual impact site (and by near I mean within 5,000 miles) you wouldn't see a damn thing.
You can see it all from the hills of West Virginia. Follow Elijah Wood and Lili Sobieski.
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This happened about 15 years ago (Shoemaker-Levy 9), which is astronomically about.000000000145 seconds ago. So I suppose it happens relatively frequently. Jupiter is like the vacuum cleaner of the solar system.
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Crees is like the vacuum cleaner of the OT.
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picture is disappoint.
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:20 PM   #18
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d000000000000000d

to make any sort of mark on a ****ing PLANET that far away, that somebody HERE, using a 14.5 inch telescope can SEE....is just ****ing impressive

and it would have instantly ended the earth and everything on it had it hit us

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yeah considering the impact site is as bigh as the earth!
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:42 PM   #20
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Yup, without a Jupiter intelligent life most likely would have never developed on earth due to the massive increase in extinction level events.
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Planning on offing yourself before the cataclysm?
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Wait, so you're saying that if Jupiter were larger, the 2000 election would have turned out differently?
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what if something LEFT Jupiter?
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This happened about 15 years ago (Shoemaker-Levy 9), which is astronomically about.000000000145 seconds ago. So I suppose it happens relatively frequently. Jupiter is like the vacuum cleaner of the solar system.
What the...no way, 15 YEARS already
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