What Struck Jupiter?: White Flash Impact On Gas Giant Planet Sets Space-gazers Abuzz

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Astronomers have often stumbled upon amazing planetary phenomena while randomly observing the space. One such stunning footage showing an object slamming into the side of Jupiter creating a visible flash was captured by Ethan Chappel, a photographer from Texas, recently. 

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Updated On:

Astronomers have often stumbled upon amazing planetary phenomena while randomly observing the space. One such stunning footage showing an object slamming into the side of Jupiter creating a visible flash was captured by Ethan Chappel, a photographer from Texas, recently. 

Taking to Twitter, Chappel shared the images showing the visible flash occuring on the biggest planet in our solar system. The video shows a sudden, bright white flash occuring on the left bottom side of the planet.

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Speculating what caused the flash, Chappel posted that an impact flash was seen on Jupiter on August 7 at 4:07 UTC. He further continued to observe the planet for two consecutive days - posting different images of Jupiter, commenting that there were no visible sign of an impact scar on the planet.

NASA's Hubble telescope too has been studying Jupiter to learn more about the planet’s atmosphere. The American space agency believes that the heating from Jupiter’s interior is what drives the planet’s iconic turbulent features.

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