Jupiter is doing its job yet again as the vacuum cleaner of the solar system, sucking up stray comets and asteroids, and this time it has been caught in the act. Thanks to the diligence of amateur astronomer George Hall in Dallas, Texas we have it on video !

 To Quote George Hall

“An apparent object impact captured about 6:35 am on Sept. 10, 2012 from Dallas, Texas USA. The impact was observed by Dan Peterson visually this morning. His observation was posted later on the ALPO_Jupiter forum. When I saw the post, I went back and examined the videos that I had collected this morning.”

 This happened twice in 2010 &  prior to that with the impact of the broken up comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. Jupiter is an ever changing planet that is a great target at any time for Amateur astronomers and casual stargazers alike. Even with a good pair of binoculars you will make out the moons of Jupiter.

I am looking forward to seeing if any impact scars will be left by this collision !

 

 

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