Amateur astronomer captures video of something crashing into Jupiter – DNyuz

Amateur astronomer captures video of something crashing into Jupiter

An amateur astronomer in Japan has captured video of a comet crashing into Jupiter. A tweet sharing the video was posted earlier this month, and it shows a bright flash against the planet as a super-bright comet, or bolide as these objects are known, crashes into the gas giant. It’s a quick flash that passes quickly, but it’s still really nice to see it captured on video.

Of course, Jupiter isn’t the only planet that these super-bright comets crash into. These fireballs also crash into Earth. However, they typically explode and dissolve before reaching our atmosphere. Jupiter, which has a powerful gravitational attraction, also saw similar crashes in the last few decades.

This particular comet crash wasn’t anything spectacular, at least not compared to some of the others that we’ve seen over the years. It is still fascinating to observe, but astronomers believe it did not cause damage to Jupiter.

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Another comet that crashed into Jupiter back in 1994 left huge, dark scars throughout the planet’s atmosphere and sent superheated plumes into Jupiter’s stratosphere. Of course, Bolides haven’t presented much of a problem for Earth just yet, and even if we did end up with a comet or asteroid that was fairly large, NASA has programs in the works – like its DART program – that will help protect our planet from incoming celestial objects.

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The bolides that have crashed into Earth aren’t nearly large enough to cause issues, though, and most of the time, they either burn up in the atmosphere or fall over expansive oceanic areas, making it impossible to find and study them. Not that long ago, though, we did see some fireballs in the sky above Japan, creating a beautiful sight in the sky for just a few moments before it burned up.

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