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Something May Have Just Hit Jupiter

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the jumbo-size-clearasil dept.

Space 299

The blog of Anthony Wesley, an Australian amateur astronomer, has what may be the first photos of a recent comet or asteroid impact on Jupiter, near the south pole. These photos are 11 hours old. The ones at the bottom of the page show three small dark spots in addition to the main dark mark. The Bad Astronomy blog picked up the story a few hours later — but cautions that what we're seeing may not be an impact event. This is all reminiscent of the closely watched impact of comet Shoemaker-Levy on Jupiter in 1994.

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First (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752239)

First

No, not the first (4, Funny)

davidwr (791652) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752421)

Jupiter's been impacted many many times before.

thats nice and all (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752249)

but when is it OUR turn :(

Alternate site for slashdotted article (5, Informative)

Romancer (19668) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752257)

Re:Alternate site for slashdotted article (-1, Redundant)

neokushan (932374) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752391)

+1 thanks

Or may not have (3, Insightful)

intx13 (808988) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752259)

An amateur astronomer puts up pictures on his blog and we're comparing it to Shoemaker-Levy?

Bad Astronomy says "it's jumping the gun to call it an impact event before we get more observations". I've got an idea for the next Slashdot article: "Asteroid heading towards earth - or maybe just spot on lense".

Re:Or may not have (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752447)

That was no asteroid or comet hitting Jupiter.....it was Ballmer's chair

Re:Or may not have (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752821)

Sure it wasn't Bobby Knight's?

Re:Or may not have (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752467)

But there's no time. We must launch the shuttle with a bunch of nuclear weapons if we are to be able to divert the asteroid so it will miss the Earth.

Re:Or may not have (5, Interesting)

gammaraybuster (913268) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752469)

If it is an impact, then what else is there to compare it to? According to the blogger, there was no sign whatever of the event just 2 days earlier. Can a storm arise that quickly out of nothing? In any case, it seems likely that they will soon be able to determine if it is an impact or not.

Re:Or may not have (0, Redundant)

Aussie (10167) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752555)

An amateur astronomer puts up pictures on his blog and we're comparing it to Shoemaker-Levy?

Bad Astronomy says "it's jumping the gun to call it an impact event before we get more observations". I've got an idea for the next Slashdot article: "Asteroid heading towards earth - or maybe just spot on lense".

Re:Or may not have (5, Informative)

Aussie (10167) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752577)

>An amateur astronomer puts up pictures on his blog and we're comparing it to Shoemaker-Levy?

Levy is an amateur, his degree is in english lit. He won an amateur astronomers award.

(what I tried to post last time, bloody web2 crap)

Re:Or may not have (1)

dmartine40 (1571035) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752689)

I knew something was up with this story. I saw the headline and for a split second thought I was on the Onion!

Re:Or may not have (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752809)

I've got an idea for the next Slashdot article: "Asteroid heading towards earth - or maybe just spot on lense".

Ok, I've submitted it, just after my '2009 is the Year of the Linux Desktop!!1!' article.

Just hit jupiter (5, Funny)

The_mad_linguist (1019680) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752261)

I mean, just up and hit it. No warning, no reason, just a wild haymaker out of nowhere. Didn't even see the guy.

Man, that's going to leave a spot.

Super Comet Fragment Impact Very Large Explosions (4, Funny)

davidwr (791652) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752269)

Let's all sing another round of Super Comet Fragment Impact Extra-Large Explosions [slashdot.org] by Kare and Higgins.

Re:Super Comet Fragment Impact Very Large Explosio (4, Funny)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752841)

Let's all sing another round of Super Comet Fragment Impact Extra-Large Explosions by Kare and Higgins.

Let's not.

Good to see it doing it's job (4, Interesting)

spankyofoz (445751) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752283)

The gas giants are there to act as a magnet for comets/asteroids etc, so they don't end up near us.

Yep, that's why God put em there (1, Flamebait)

Weedhopper (168515) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752329)

To sweep up debris. He also made the universe appear 13.5 billion years old when upon creation 6000 years ago.

Planets don't have a job. They aren't there to act as a debris sweep even if they do sweep debris.

Re:Yep, that's why God put em there (4, Informative)

spankyofoz (445751) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752377)

Sorry, I could have worded it better. I'm not claiming intelligent design put Jupiter there, merely that Jupiter is doing what Jupiter does, and that this event is nothing out of the ordinary.

Very cool that it was captured (by an Aussie)

Re:Yep, that's why God put em there (1, Insightful)

Weedhopper (168515) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752585)

Sorry, didn't mean to come across like a jackass.

Re:Yep, that's why God put em there (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752727)

Yes, but in your rush to denigrate people who believe differently than yourself you did.

Re:Yep, that's why God put em there (3, Funny)

finity (535067) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752825)

I have new hope for Slashdot and the Internet in general.

Re:Yep, that's why God put em there (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752903)

You must be new here.

Re:Yep, that's why God put em there (2, Funny)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752853)

Sorry, I could have worded it better. I'm not claiming intelligent design put Jupiter there, merely that Jupiter is doing what Jupiter does, and that this event is nothing out of the ordinary.

Yes, yes, gas giants *will* be gas giants, and all that...there's no such thing as a bad gas giant!

Re:Yep, that's why God put em there (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752905)

Very cool that it was captured (by an Aussie)

Free the asteroid! Free the asteroid!

Re:Yep, that's why God put em there (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752385)

Dude you need to calm the fuck down and take your christian hating elsewhere. fucking bigots.

Re:Yep, that's why God put em there (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752439)

Lighten up dude. The guy made no religious reference. Please try to limit the display of your religious bigotry to times when someone actually makes a religious reference. Thank you.

Re:Yep, that's why God put em there (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752581)

The guy made no religious reference.

Really?

Yep, that's why God put em there

You didn't read the title of your own post did ya!
I'm the one who made no reference, you simply inferred bigotry on me due to my hatred of bigotry!
Let me simplify this for you. I hate bigotry. Not Science , not Christianity, just bigotry.
fucktard.

Re:Yep, that's why God put em there (1)

pentalive (449155) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752737)

The title of the original post was "Good to see it doing it's job (Score:5, Interesting)"

no religious reference there.

Re:Yep, that's why God put em there (1)

ROMRIX (912502) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752791)

The title of the original post was "Good to see it doing it's job (Score:5, Interesting)"

no religious reference there.

Thanks Captain Obvious!

Re:Yep, that's why God put em there (4, Funny)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752473)

If I pay Jupiter to catch rocks, then he has a job.

Re:Yep, that's why God put em there (4, Funny)

pentalive (449155) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752743)

When was the last time Jupiter cashed one of his paychecks?

Re:Yep, that's why God put em there (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752595)

There are a lot of people who believe in God as creator that don't believe in young earth/young universe.

Re:Yep, that's why God put em there (0, Redundant)

afabbro (33948) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752627)

To sweep up debris. He also made the universe appear 13.5 billion years old when upon creation 6000 years ago.

Planets don't have a job. They aren't there to act as a debris sweep even if they do sweep debris.

Wow. You infer fundamentalism, creationism, and a whole lot of other things from just the rather mild comment that gas giants "are there to act as a magnet for comet/asteroids so they don't end up near us". I don't recall the GP saying that God created the Earth in 7 days, that he believes Bishop Usher's creationist timeline, or even that he believes in intelligent design, much less God.

You think maybe, just maybe, he was speaking colloquially? Humorously? Not intending to make a profound statement but rather just shooting the breeze?

How big exactly is that chip on your shoulder? You might want to wipe the foam off your mouth and have a beer or drop a tranq, because you're kind of on hair trigger overload.

Re:Yep, that's why God put em there (1)

Weedhopper (168515) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752721)

Hey, you know what? If that high horse you're on weren't so high, maybe you could see that apology that I wrote to the GP several minutes before you posted you counter diatribe.

I had a knee jerk reaction and I was wrong and I admitted it. If you read the following replies, you'd have seen that. Instead, you'd rather tell me that I'm foaming at the mouth.

Who's holds the moral high ground now? It ain't me, but it ain't you either.

Who holds the moral high ground? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752875)

Me. AC.

Never saw that comin', huh?

Re:Yep, that's why God put em there (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752751)

Or maybe, God did put it there and the universe is really 13.5 billions years old.
Believing in God doesn't mean you believe that the earth is 6000 years old.

Re:Good to see it doing it's job (5, Funny)

networkzombie (921324) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752361)

Yeah, but if we didn't see this one coming, what if next time the gas giants don't do their job? T-Rex says "Only humans can prevent global extintion level events."

Re:Good to see it doing it's job (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752417)

The gas giants are there to act as a magnet for comets/asteroids etc, so they don't end up near us.

I don't remember that part of Genesis...

Re:Good to see it doing it's job (1)

fireheadca (853580) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752493)

The gas giants are there to act as a magnet for comets/asteroids etc, so they don't end up near us.

I don't remember that part of Genesis...

Which part do you remember?

Re:Good to see it doing it's job (5, Funny)

tumutbound (549414) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752645)

The gas giants are there to act as a magnet for comets/asteroids etc, so they don't end up near us.

I don't remember that part of Genesis...

Which part do you remember?

I remember Phil Collins great drumming and Peter Gabriels vocals. Of course this was the old Genesis not the reformed one.

Re:Good to see it doing it's job (2)

Foobar of Borg (690622) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752785)

I remember Phil Collins great drumming and Peter Gabriels vocals. Of course this was the old Genesis not the reformed one.

Yes, Phil Collins did great drumming and Peter Gabriel is a great singer, but they are much better apart than they are together. So, the whole Jupiter-Earth combination is kind of an anti-pre-reformed-Genesis.

Re:Good to see it doing it's job (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752507)

He didn't mean it like that... just that they happen to do this. He didn't actually mean that it's what they're there for afaik.

Jupiter is the king! (1)

mister_playboy (1474163) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752479)

I, for one, welcome our (318 times as massive as our planet) planetary overlord.

Re:Good to see it doing it's job (4, Interesting)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752487)

Actually, at this point, I would rather a few were by us. I think that we are going to need the minerals and elements, and have a few close by with different minerals could be useful. In particular, China is the main supplier of Rare Earth and a few steel making minerals, but they are purposely holding them off the market. All in all, I think that if we want to avoid war, we need to make sure that all nations have access to these. Probably the more interesting way would be to mine space.

Re:Good to see it doing it's job (1)

malus314 (1484329) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752807)

That Jupiter, what a great worker I tell you! Always cleaning up after Saturn drops the ball! Someone ought to have that planet fired and just give Jupiter it's paycheck!
There is a reason GM wants to sell it, after all!

Oh, wait...

Dang (5, Funny)

rlp (11898) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752285)

So, I should cancel my plans to land on Europa?

Re:Dang (4, Funny)

mjwx (966435) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752311)

So, I should cancel my plans to land on Europa?

All these worlds are yours, except Europa, attempt no landing there.

Re:Dang (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752327)

So, I should cancel my plans to land on Europa?

All these worlds are yours, except Europa, attempt no landing there.

Until the sequel anyway. Then you can probably get away with it.

Re:Dang (1)

Cylix (55374) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752429)

Well what did they think we would do once they said we couldn't land there?

Damn teases!

Honestly had they said nothing we would have not gone looking around. It was a boring little place anyway. At least, it was until we decided someone was hiding something.

In any event, I'm sure it won't end badly at all.

Re:Dang (4, Funny)

w0mprat (1317953) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752665)

So, I should cancel my plans to land on Europa?

All these worlds are yours, except Europa, attempt no landing there.

In the real 2010 its more like:

aLL THESE WORLD ARE BELONG TO YOU KK, DO NOT WANT EUROPA THX

Re:Dang (3, Funny)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752889)

In the real 2010 its more like:

aLL THESE WORLD ARE BELONG TO YOU KK, DO NOT WANT EUROPA THX

This is not the moon you're looking for. We can go about our business. Move along.

Re:Dang (1)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752869)

All these worlds are yours, except Europa, attempt no landing there.

Do or do not. There is no 'attempt'.

Re:Dang (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752451)

Something also embedded into Uranus. Good luck with that ;-P

Well that's why they're there... (4, Interesting)

s0litaire (1205168) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752289)

Saturn and Jupiter are the sweepers of the Solar system. They are big, so things hit them instead of us. Think of them as bodyguards... ^_^

Re:Well that's why they're there... (-1, Flamebait)

MWoody (222806) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752499)

I suspect they'd be roughly as effective in that role as Palin keepin' an eye on Russia for us.

Re:Well that's why they're there... (2, Insightful)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752677)

Yeah, till the day one of them changes the orbit of what would have been just something to observe in the sky, to something that knocks us clean out of our orbit.

Re:Well that's why they're there... (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752781)

They are two pinpricks on a massive (nearly) 2D plane.
How does that help protect the even smaller pinprick that is Earth in 3D space?

I just hand an thought... (5, Funny)

s0litaire (1205168) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752299)

...It's nearly 2010...

and a dark spot is noticed on Jupiter...

Now where did i put that monolith...

Re:I just hand an thought... (4, Funny)

Darth_brooks (180756) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752495)

Check your lagrange points. I'm always leaving monoliths there. And defining blues-rock trios. Those always show up at my lagrange.

She just fell on the coffee table! (4, Funny)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752313)

"something may have hit jupiter" and left a black mark...but jupiter inisists she just fell eye-first on the coffee table!

Re:She just fell on the coffee table! (3, Funny)

Darth_brooks (180756) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752471)

"Great, another planet that doesn't listen..."

Can I use my frequent flier miles to upgrade the seat to hell that I just purchased?

Re:She just fell on the coffee table! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752491)

That coffee table doesn't happen to be covered with empty beer bottles, some containing cigarette butts, does it?

This should be modded "Troll" ... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752529)

... or at least "Uncool." It parses far too easily as a joke on spousal abuse.

Is it... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752333)

Uranus?

I hope it had collision insurance! (1)

techmuse (160085) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752341)

You know, the cost of repairing or replacing the Jovian atmosphere is really high. I hope the planet had a good insurance policy...

Re:I hope it had collision insurance! (1)

Cylix (55374) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752459)

Well we can't claim it on insurance because the interplanetary authorities will know we wasted our air.

I have a backup plan.

We are just going to send a ship to suck the air out of another planet. Just have to get the planetary shield codes first.

May the schwartz be with you.

Fuck you Jupiter! (4, Funny)

deglr6328 (150198) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752375)

I found a new dark spot on my pole last week and you don't see me running to the science press about it! media whore!

Re:Fuck you Jupiter! (1)

Tarlus (1000874) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752711)

When your pole has the same gravitational magnitude of Jupiter, then you can have attention from the media.

Punchline forming... (1)

rolando2424 (1096299) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752815)

*insert your own Yo Momma joke here*

Jupiter is good for this kind of thing. (0, Redundant)

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752405)

cleaning up the solar system of random rocky debris. good job!

Jupitian (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752419)

Jupitian says: Get off my lawn asteroid !

In related news... (0, Redundant)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752427)

As the small dark spots on Jupiter continue to grow in number and size, a repeating radio message is now being received from the vicinity of this, solar system's largest, planet:

ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS EXCEPT EUROPA. ATTEMPT NO LANDINGS THERE.

Who will be the first? (3, Funny)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752433)

Who will be the first to register "Jupiter-aid.com" to collect donations for the stricken Jupiterians?

Re:Who will be the first? (1)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752571)

There's no way for Jupiterians to affect us and that's final!

Hubble! (2, Insightful)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752435)

I hope they can get the Hubble scope on it fast, without bureaucratic or technical hurdles.

Re:Hubble! (1)

Tsaot (859424) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752623)

I hope they can get the Hubble scope on it fast, without bureaucratic or technical hurdles.

Isn't Jupiter too close for the Hubble? It's a deep space telescope and Jupiter hardly counts.

Re:Hubble! (1)

Tsaot (859424) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752695)

Nevermind on that, I just googled it and found images of jupiter taken by the Hubble. Now to hunt down that science teacher that said the blasted thing couldn't see anything within our solar system.

Re:Hubble! (4, Informative)

rcw-home (122017) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752759)

Isn't Jupiter too close for the Hubble? It's a deep space telescope and Jupiter hardly counts.

Just like my point-and-shoot camera doesn't care whether something is 100 feet away or several miles away when I manually set it to infinite focus, the Hubble Space Telescope doesn't care whether something is a light second or several billion light years away. It has imaged every planet in the solar system except Mercury (including Earth), has imaged the moon, and once indirectly imaged the sun [discovermagazine.com] .

Re:Hubble! (1)

Spikeles (972972) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752643)

Unfortunately it's still having issues [nasa.gov]

My god, is full of... (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752453)

monoliths... Wasn't that supposed to happen next year?

Received transmission: (5, Funny)

Chairboy (88841) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752455)

All these planets are yours
except Europa
Attempt no landi- hang on, what the fu#$(@*$&
NO CARRIER

The gods are slugging it out (1)

flyingfsck (986395) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752477)

The gods are fighting each other again. My money is on the God of Heaven and Earth, Jupiter. He'll win as usual and be none the worse for wear.

Shit (1)

The Bungi (221687) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752511)

If we missed something that big about to hit Jupiter what else are we missing? I hope to hell that's not an impact feature.

And where the hell is Bruce Willis??

Re:Shit (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752655)

If we missed something that big about to hit Jupiter what else are we missing? I hope to hell that's not an impact feature.

Don't worry, I'm sure somebody is keeping an ey~' % 3 ;+ ' ` { . $ [NO CARRIER]
     

How to solve it (4, Funny)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752513)

The math is actually pretty simple to figure this all out.

Given: About 12 weeks ago, Balmer finds out that Netbooks are shipping with Linux.

How much did kinetic energy did the chair possess...

Gasp! You've solved our mission to Mars problem! (3, Funny)

Tsaot (859424) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752637)

All we have to do is put an astronaut in a chair near Ballmer and then tell him Google just hired Gates!

Re:How to solve it (1)

icannotthinkofaname (1480543) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752833)

Apparently, it had enough KE.

O)bligatory Post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752663)

Obligatory Post: Wow, I bet you're all glad it wasn't Uranus!

Sorry, but, it had to be said. This *is* Slashdot, after all. This post frees others to create fart jokes, and so, benefits everyone, especially the high UID posters.

new site jupiter.samba.org (5, Informative)

tridge (3078) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752693)

Anthony's webserver has been slashdotted, but
he has copied the files to:

    http://jupiter.samba.org/

He is now trying to login to his server so he
can redirect the pages to the above site.

As well as being an amateur astronomer, Anthony
is a keen Linux enthusiast. His home built
telescope is controlled by his Linux box.

Cheers, Tridge

Just doing it's job (1)

confused one (671304) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752703)

policing the solar system, protecting the innocent inner planets from the evil attacking hordes.

Crash landing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752731)

At least it didn't end up in the Hudson

Black Spots on Jupiter? (1, Funny)

Penguinshit (591885) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752735)

There goes the neighborhood!

It was probably the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. (1)

HouseOfMisterE (659953) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752811)

That thing really gets around!

please use new URL (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752827)

Can the slashdot admins please move the link in the story to the new site? I can't even log into my box to put the redirect in place...

http://jupiter.samba.org/

Thanks again Tridge, you're a lifesaver

Anthony

I SWEAR... (1)

Phizzle (1109923) | more than 5 years ago | (#28752867)

I DIDN'T DO IT!!!

OMFG (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28752879)

A second asteroid just flew into the north pole!!!!

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