2010 Jupiter impact event


2010 Jupiter impact event
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Observations made by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope
Date3 June 2010 (2010-06-03)

The 2010 Jupiter impact event was a bolide impact event on Jupiter by an object estimated to be about 8–13 metres (26–43 ft) in diameter.[1] The impactor may have been an asteroid, comet, centaur, extinct comet, or temporary satellite capture.


2010 Jupiter impact event

The impact happened 3 June 2010, and was recorded and first reported by amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley from Australia. The event was confirmed by Christopher Go at the Philippines, who recorded the event and released a video.[2][3][4] Wesley is the same person who had been first to report the 2009 Jupiter impact event.

The observed flash lasted about two seconds.[2][5] It was located in the South Equatorial Belt, about fifty degrees from the central meridian.[6] The June 2010 superbolide impactor probably measured between 8 and 13 metres (26 and 43 ft) across, with a mass between 500 and 2,000 tonnes (490 and 1,970 long tons; 550 and 2,200 short tons).[7] Jupiter probably gets hit by several objects of this size each year.[7]

On 20 August 2010 UT, yet another flash event was detected on Jupiter.[8] As of 23 August two other observers had recorded the same event.[9]

See also


  1. ^ Hueso, R.; A. Wesley; C. Go; S. Pérez-Hoyos; M. H. Wong; L. N. Fletcher; A. Sánchez-Lavega; M. B. E. Boslough; I. de Pater; G. S. Orton; et al. (2010). "First Earth-based Detection of a Superbolide on Jupiter". The Astrophysical Journal. 721 (2). arXiv:1009.1824. Bibcode:2010ApJ...721L.129H. doi:10.1088/2041-8205/721/2/L129.
  2. ^ a b Sayanagi, Kunio M. (3 June 2010). "Jupiter hit by another impactor Thursday". Ars Technica. Archived from the original on 5 June 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  3. ^ Bakich, Michael (4 June 2010). "Another impact on Jupiter". Astronomy Magazine online. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Jupiter 2020 by Chris Go". www.christone.net.
  5. ^ "Australian amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley films Jupiter impact". The Daily Telegraph. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  6. ^ Rogers, John H. "New impact on Jupiter before & after". British Astronomical Association. Archived from the original on 9 June 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  7. ^ a b "WITHOUT A TRACE – A FLASH IN JUPITER'S SKY". Gemini Observatory. 9 September 2010. Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  8. ^ "Optical flash on Jupiter". Archived from the original on 25 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  9. ^ Beatty, Kelly (22 August 2010). "Another Flash on Jupiter!". Sky & Telescope. Sky Publishing. Retrieved 23 August 2010. Masayuki Tachikawa was observing ... 18:22 Universal Time on the 20th ... Kazuo Aoki posted an image ... Ishimaru of Toyama prefecture observed the event

External links

  • Wesley, Anthony. "Jupiter Impact on June 3, 2010". Archived from the original on 7 June 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  • Go, Christopher. "Jupiter 2010". Archived from the original on 1 June 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2010.