The collisions that occurred on Jupiter last week remain a mystery to scientists who are currently examining this latest impact on the gas giant.
The huge, burning object that slammed into Jupiter last week still remains a mystery to scientists who are currently examining this latest impact on the gas giant.
The newest Jupiter collision was spotted Friday by amateur astronomers Anthony Wesley in Australia and Christopher Go in the Philippines. It occurred less than a year after another object whacked Jupiter last summer.
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Scientists are now analyzing the impact, in hopes of being able to identify the cosmic object that crashed into the largest planet in our solar system.
Hammel was the lead researcher of a study that was recently published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, which determined that a rogue asteroid about 1,600 feet (500 meters) was the culprit in another spectacular crash on Jupiter that occurred on July 19, 2009.