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Jupiter just jumped out of something big



The explosion in space so large that it was seen from the ground is trapped by an amateur astronomer.

The incredible scene was taking place in Jupiter and was believed to be caused by a meteor crashing into the dense upper atmosphere of the giant planet.

The images show a bright flash before the space rock disappears without a trace.

Texas resident Ethan Chappell caught the moment by accident while searching for meteorites from Perseid – a fast and bright variety of space rock. But his telescope was trained on Jupiter with the camera working when the event happened.

Such influences are not uncommon, but it is rare to capture the moment. Mr Capel said ScienceAlert: "After checking out the video and seeing the flash, my mind started racing.

"I felt an urgent need to share with people who would find the results useful."

He took to Twitter to share his discovery: "Similar Jupiter tonight. It looks awful like blinking SEB [southern equatorial belt]. Happened on 2019-08-07 at 4:07 UTC. "

Mr Chappell later added in a separate tweet that there was "no visible sign of a scar".

The footage excites the universe, with University of Queens professional astronomer Dr Ononti Horner describing it as "total breath".

"To get a video like that, I've never seen anything like it before," Dr. Horner told Science Alert.

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An explosive impact on Jupiter is pictured. Photo: Twitter / @CapelAstro

An explosive impact on Jupiter is pictured. Photo: Twitter / @CapelAstro

The event, known as a collider impact, is used to describe meteorites that explode in mid-air as they enter the atmosphere.

They are not uncommon and occur on earth. In fact, NASA has registered 792 of these 1988 events.

But Jupiter's gravitational intensity is far stronger. The rate of large impacts on Jupiter was thought to be between 2,000 and 8,000 times that of our Blue Planet, according to a 1998 study. But despite this, very few are caught on camera.

"It's a very fleeting event, it's a few seconds," Dr. Horner told ScienceAlert.

"It wouldn't be so obvious if you were looking through the telescope's eye. A lot of time these things will go unnoticed and unprotected. Half of them will happen at the far end of the planet. So there's a lot of stuff that works against watching these events." .


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