Another flash on Jupiter

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Masayuki Tachikawa, amateur astronomer from Kumamoto city, Japan, reported the detection of an optical flash on Jupiter atmosphere recorded on August 20 2010 at 18:22:12 UT.

You can find the video on the following link and below a captured screen.

Optical flash detected by Masayuki Tachikawa on Aug 20 2010

Optical flash detected by Masayuki Tachikawa on Aug 20 2010

Details about the observations can be found on the following web link.

After the gigantic impact observed in July 19 2009, This is the second flash associated probably to the impact of a small asteroid impact (D<10 m) this year. In June 2010, two other amateur astronomers from Australia and Philippines reported the detection of another flash, but no scare were seen on the upper atmosphere of Jupiter, even using the Hubble Space telescope.

You can’t conclude that these kind jovian meteors are getting more numerous. I am guessing that amateur astronomers are observing more often and more regularly Jupiter and they have now the capability to record short exposure video allowing them to detect these events.

About Franck Marchis

Dr. Franck Marchis is a Senior Researcher and Chair of the Exoplanet Group at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute since July 2007. Over the past 19 years, he has dedicated his research to the study of our solar system, specifically the search for asteroids with moons, 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. His currently involved in the Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey, which consists in imaging exoplanets using an extreme AO system for the Gemini South telescope. This new instrument is capable of imaging and recording spectra of young Jupiter-like exoplanets orbiting around nearby stars.

3 Responses to Another flash on Jupiter

  1. It is so impressive that amateur astronomers are able to document this sort of activity. It might be only a second or two and a flash of light (albeit a huge one given the scale), but these days, with the right gear at the right place and time, a lot is possible. Thanks for posting this. :)

  2. mikewong says:

    the flash was confirmed by a second observer in japan, giving more confidence that this was a real impact on jupiter:

  3. […] August 20 2010, a third flash was reported by Masayuki Tachikawa, amateur astronomer from Kumamoto city, Japan. I did not find […]

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