Amateur Astronomers Spot Fireball on Jupiter
Earlier this week, amateur astronomers around the world independently caught a glimpse of something large slamming into Jupiter.
The amount of space debris that must fall regularly onto Jupiter—the largest planet in the solar system—must be astoundingly huge. We can’t see all of these impacts, as the vast majority are very tiny, but every once in a while something big hits this gas giant, creating an impact flash that’s visible to ground observers.
Such an event seems to have happened on September 13 at approximately 10:39 p.m. UTC.