URGENT: possible impact on the southern pole of Jupiter?

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Hello,

if you have access to a telescope you should know that an amateur astronomer in Australia reported the observations of a scare on the atmosphere of Jupiter which could be resulting from an impact with an asteroid.Additional observations are needed to confirm it especially in the NIR (Methane band) and multi-color in visible. You can have a look on the image and the time of the observation in http://www.acquerra.com.au/astro/ObsReport/jupiter-impact.html

It looks convincing to me (it really looks like the SL9 impact scare) but I am not a specialist of this field.

I am attaching the image taken by Anthony Wesley, the Australian amateur astronomer, who reported this possible rare event.

cheers

F.

About Franck Marchis

Dr. Franck Marchis is a Researcher at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute since July 2007. Over the past 15 years, he has dedicated his research to the study of our solar system using mainly ground-based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics. More recently he has been also involved in the definition of new generation of AOs for 8 -10 m class telescopes and future Extremely Large Telescopes. He has developed algorithms to process and enhance the quality of images, both astronomical and biological, using fluorescence microscopy. His currently involved in the development of the Gemini Planet Imager, an extreme AO system for the Gemini South telescope which will be capable of imaging and record spectra of exoplanets orbiting around nearby stars.

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