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Jupiter Has Taken a Massive Meteor Hit (So Earth Didn’t Have To)
Gizmodo ^ | 9/12/12 | Jamie Condliffe

Posted on 09/12/2012 2:41:21 PM PDT by LibWhacker

On Monday, Jupiter took a massive hit from a meteor, which was spotted by amateur astronomers based in the US—and if previous evidence is anything to go by, it could have saved Earth from a massive collision in the process.

Dan Peterson of Racine, Wisconsin, was gazing at Jupiter on Monday when he saw a bright, white flash on the surface of the planet. When he posted his observation online, another astrophotographer, George Hall, discovered he'd unknowingly captured the massive explosion on video.

Turns out it was probably a meteor striking the surface of the planet—and you can watch the video below. In fact, this is evidence of Jupiter's protective effect as far as Earth is concerned. Because the planet is so massive Jupiter's gravitational field sucks a great many asteroids and comets towards it, which means that there are fewer threats to our humble little planet.

Which is just as well: a similar metoer strike in 2009 caused a bruise on the face of Jupiter the size of the Pacific Ocean. [George 1985 via Space]

Short YouTube video of the impact


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; comet; danpeterson; impact; jupiter; meteor; racine; wisconsin
It kind of looks to me like there is also a short arc of smaller impacts above the main one. Another simultaneous shotgun blast of meteors hitting Jupiter or photographic artifact?
1 posted on 09/12/2012 2:41:30 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Could be the meteor fragmenting as it hit the atmosphere. The smaller chunks would disperse around the large projectile.


2 posted on 09/12/2012 2:45:24 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: LibWhacker

Jupiter didn't take that hit by itself it had help!
3 posted on 09/12/2012 2:45:24 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: LibWhacker

As a gas giant, I’m not sure you can say that it hit the “surface” but it’s an interesting event.


4 posted on 09/12/2012 2:45:54 PM PDT by The Toad
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To: LibWhacker

I think that this was intended for Earth on December 21st. Must be the Mayans didn’t factor Jupiter into their calculations.


5 posted on 09/12/2012 2:46:11 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: LibWhacker

That was a big hit. Given the relative size of Jupiter versus the Earth, it would have been nasty if it had come our way.


6 posted on 09/12/2012 2:47:02 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: EagleUSA

One day it WILL come our way.


7 posted on 09/12/2012 2:48:36 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: LibWhacker

THANK YOU JUPITER!!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!


8 posted on 09/12/2012 2:51:18 PM PDT by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: LibWhacker

So! The Shoemaker-Levy event is not as rare as originally thought.


9 posted on 09/12/2012 2:51:47 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: fhayek

I realized today that I’m a FReeper of the apocalypse. My sign up anniversary is on the day the world is supposed to live.

FReepers of the apocalypse, lets ride!


10 posted on 09/12/2012 2:53:30 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: LibWhacker

Bush’s fault.
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Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.


11 posted on 09/12/2012 2:55:51 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: Terry Mross

I don’t understand why we assume that it protects us. Seems to me that there is an equal chance that asteroids and comets could be nudged inward as well.

The only thing tilting the scale in favor of protection is that some will get caught in Jupiter’s gravity and crash into the planet.


12 posted on 09/12/2012 2:56:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Nobody was talking about December 21 as the end of the world until you signed up ;-)


13 posted on 09/12/2012 2:56:55 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: LibWhacker

Thank you Jupiter.

I would hate to think that we would have to rely on Steve Buscemi to do anything.


14 posted on 09/12/2012 2:57:59 PM PDT by waus (FUBO UFCMF, Just in case I stuttered, FUBO)
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To: LibWhacker

Jupiter had it coming.


15 posted on 09/12/2012 3:00:34 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (OWS = The Great American Snivel War)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
Jupiter had it coming.

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LOL!

16 posted on 09/12/2012 3:01:54 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: LibWhacker

Amazing. Almost as if God put it out there... :)


17 posted on 09/12/2012 3:03:47 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Joe 6-pack

You just better hope I don’t find 3 more FReepers who signed up on the 21st of December.


18 posted on 09/12/2012 3:04:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
Jupiter had it coming.

"Jupiter's chickennnnnnnnnnnnnnns...coming home to roost!"

19 posted on 09/12/2012 3:05:20 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Charles Martel

That flash was about the same size as our planet. So yeah, thanks Jupiter! You took one for our team.


20 posted on 09/12/2012 3:07:50 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: cripplecreek
Cripplecreek is one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse


21 posted on 09/12/2012 3:10:49 PM PDT by KC_Lion ( Wherever I find myself standing, I forever stand with Israel.)
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To: NCDave
And Jupiter loves you back.


22 posted on 09/12/2012 3:12:06 PM PDT by KC_Lion ( Wherever I find myself standing, I forever stand with Israel.)
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To: LibWhacker

Will dumbass Øbama take credit for saving our planet?


23 posted on 09/12/2012 3:12:58 PM PDT by ßuddaßudd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: SoFloFreeper

Yep. Quite a coincidence, huh?


24 posted on 09/12/2012 3:13:42 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: LibWhacker
This just in......President Obama has issued proclamation of gratitude and an apology to the president of Jupiter!!!
25 posted on 09/12/2012 3:17:11 PM PDT by ontap
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To: LibWhacker

Jupiter’s such a team player! Yes, it’s like it was put there by Intelligent Design.


26 posted on 09/12/2012 3:36:49 PM PDT by GreatestGuyIKnow ("In this country we have no place for hyphenated Americans." Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: LibWhacker

and of course it just all happens to be lcuk and randomness...God couldn’t have had such a plan


27 posted on 09/12/2012 3:40:30 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: SoFloFreeper

He did.


28 posted on 09/12/2012 3:41:07 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: LibWhacker
Sounds like a perfect time to cut spending on space research!
29 posted on 09/12/2012 3:52:13 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: Charles Martel

At first I thought we had perfect symmetry. That’s what made me think it might be an artifact. But after reading your comment, I went back and checked the video and while there are bright spots at 10, 12 and 2 o’clock, the one at 10 doesn’t appear until well after the other two. So, yes, I like your theory most. The object didn’t break up on a previous pass, as Shoemaker-Levy did, but broke up on entry. Going to be interesting to see what kind of bruises it produced. Not much doubt in my mind, it was a really big impact!


30 posted on 09/12/2012 4:03:55 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Kartographer; NCDave; waus; Psycho_Bunny

Lol


31 posted on 09/12/2012 4:08:05 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Interesting that an apparently major impact event was caught by amateurs and not studied in real time as Shoemaker-Levy was.

I take it that this meteor was an unknown entity? Kind of out of the blue? Any notion being put forth as to size? A whole lot of discomfiting unknowns here, imho.


32 posted on 09/12/2012 4:14:03 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry
I take it that this meteor was an unknown entity?

Yes, absolutely unknown and not seen until someone caught the actual impact on film. That argues for a dark object that was not reflecting much light before the impact; i.e., it wasn't a comet, but most likely a meteor.

33 posted on 09/12/2012 4:32:03 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Terry Mross; EagleUSA

Our ability to detect certain space objects is rather poor. We may only have a month or two warning before impact.

Our ability to touch them is even more poor. Part of the reason we need to be out there is to gain the ability to intercept such space objects.

The last major event was only about 100 years ago over Siberia. If that happens over a populated area, it would be devastation unlike anything we’ve ever seen.


34 posted on 09/12/2012 4:33:44 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: LibWhacker

“Jupiter’s gravitational field sucks a great many asteroids and comets towards it”

To put it simply, it’s the Sandra Fluke of planets.


35 posted on 09/12/2012 4:35:13 PM PDT by ScottfromNJ
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To: LibWhacker
By Jove, I think he got hit!
36 posted on 09/12/2012 5:26:25 PM PDT by mikrofon (Space BUMP)
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To: varyouga

“...Our ability to detect certain space objects is rather poor...”

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We need a president that respects the vast importance of an active space program. We learned more, and produced more new technology from the Apollo Project than any other space program — this was a great example. We should have been on the moon (permanent bases) well over a decade ago.

The priorities in DC suck. We need a real president with resolve and understanding of the future and the technologies that need to be exploited and expanded.


37 posted on 09/12/2012 5:42:11 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: GreatestGuyIKnow

What happens if Jupiter isn’t in a position to catch the next stray asteroid that size? WE’RE TOAST!!!!!


38 posted on 09/12/2012 7:54:18 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (The LEFT's intolerance of the RIGHT is intolerable.)
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To: reg45

“So! The Shoemaker-Levy event is not as rare as originally thought.”

There are many, many more eyes on it now, including amateurs with equipment that professionals would have killed for 30 years ago. I daresay that someone with $5000 and a little determination and expertise can take pictures considerably superior to Mt. Palomar’s best before the CCD era.


39 posted on 09/12/2012 8:08:19 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...

Thanks LibWhacker.
...the planet is so massive Jupiter's gravitational field sucks a great many asteroids and comets towards it, which means that there are fewer threats to our humble little planet.
As long as everyone's aware of the fact that this "explanation" is pretty simpleminded, I'm good to go (to bed). G'night all.

 
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40 posted on 09/12/2012 8:51:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Devastating Impact On Jupiter 9-10-2012

Devastating Impact On Jupiter 9-10-2012

41 posted on 09/12/2012 8:58:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: LibWhacker

Jupiter is our friend. All we have to do is leave Europa alone.


42 posted on 09/12/2012 9:00:46 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useful idiots.)
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To: cripplecreek; LibWhacker; Charles Martel; Kartographer; The Toad; fhayek; EagleUSA; Terry Mross; ...

Well said!

Most of the objects which encounter Jupiter get tossed and more often than not leave the Solar System; a much smaller number have their trajectories altered by the big planet such that they will eventually smash into the planet — such was the case with SL9, and probably with this object as well; a tiny fraction wind up encountering Jupiter once or more than once, and their trajectories altered such that they wind up in orbit around it during a future encounter. Jupiter has more than 60 moons, with many of them in retrograde.

Before anyone brings it up as if it’s some kind of cutting criticism, the size of those retrograde moons is entirely beside the point.

Anyway, it’s almost as if the whole thing is a series of random encounters by a inanimate objects. :’)


43 posted on 09/12/2012 9:14:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Another ‘extra, extra’ to APoD members — and pretty soon I’ll catch up on the *actual* APoD posts. [blush]


44 posted on 09/15/2012 10:34:54 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: LibWhacker

Good Ol’ Jupiter.

Not just a big useless gasbag after all.


45 posted on 09/15/2012 10:37:56 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: SunkenCiv
and pretty soon I’ll catch up on the *actual* APoD posts. [blush]

Sure thing Mr President. LOL

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46 posted on 09/15/2012 10:50:26 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Ow!


47 posted on 09/15/2012 12:30:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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The 20th anniversary of the SL-9 impact is coming up this year.


48 posted on 05/18/2014 2:05:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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