A flash of light on the planet Jupiter observed by astronomers on 11 September may have been a comet strike. The initial sighting announcement was made by astronomer Dan Peterson of Racine, Wisconsin, who contactred other astronomers. A short movie clip of the “strike” taken by astronomer George Hall based in Dallas, Texas, has now been made publically available via http://georgeastro.weebly.com/jupiter.html
Still taken from movie clip of Jupiter comet/asteroid strike on 11 September. Courtesy: George Hall
Since the famous strike by Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which broke up and impacted Jupiter in July 1994, comet and asteroid strikes on Jupiter have now been discovered to be a regular occurence. Our sister outfit at New Scientist lists recent occurrences.