It’s been almost a week since the bright flash was seen in the atmosphere of Jupiter by 2 amateur astronomers, but there has been no apparent scarring on Jupiter’s cloud tops – as there was so prominently last year. For the first several days after the event, searches of the Internet for “Jupiter Impact” returned several images of last years impact, which I find a tad annoying because it’s misleading, and “Bad Science Reporting.”
But unfortunately there hasn’t been anything additional new TO report, and there probably won’t be – because what we saw was most likely a meteor fireball (or more accurately: a Bolide); a large chunk of rock burning up and exploding in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere. If this is the case, it’s either the first-time, or one of the VERY few times we’ve seen a meteor burn up in another planets atmosphere.
An article from the Washington Examiner states: “The absence of a detectable gash and the short impact time have led scientists to believe Jupiter was likely struck by a meteor.”
I’ll bet that a lot more eyes, telescopes, cameras, and computers are going to be continuously watching Jupiter from now on.