A Second Object Crashed into Jupiter in Just One Month (video)

According to astronomers, every year on the surface of the largest Planet in the Solar System fall several asteroids with a diameter of more than 10 meters.

On October 15, 2021, at 2:24pm GMT, Japanese astronomers recorded a 2-second light explosion in the Northern Hemisphere of Jupiter, which was probably caused by the collision of a space object with the gas giant.

This is the 9th recorded collision in the entire history of observations and the second since September 14, 2021.

According to astronomers, several asteroids with diameters more than 10 meters collide with the surface of the solar system’s largest planet every year, causing explosions visible from Earth. Previously, such collisions were registered in 1994, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2016, 2017 and 2019.

If confirmed, this will be the ninth recorded impact on Jupiter since the first in July 1994, when Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 shattered into several smaller pieces, sinking one after another into the giant’s gas shell, leaving dark marks on the clouds of Jupiter, some of them the size of our planet.

A Second Object Crashed into Jupiter in Just One Month (video)
The July 1994 impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 on Jupiter, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: R. Evans/J. Trauger/H. Hammel/HST Comet Science Team/NASA.

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