Monday, July 27, 2009

First peek from updated Hubble camera - Jupiter

I guess this chance was too good to go to waste, so testing on the Hubble camera was pushed aside to point the spacecraft at Jupiter. Unless you live in a cave, you probably know that Jupiter got smacked by a comet or an asteroid last week. This was discovered by an amateur astronomer (great job for us "little guys"!) in Australia. This chunk of stuff that hit Jupiter left a cloud of debris and smoke in the atmosphere that is easily seen in small scopes. (I'll give it a try this week from my backyard).
Scary thing is, if this was Earth, this could easily be an extinction type of thing for us. Good thing we have Jupiter out there sucking up stuff like a bit vacuum cleaner!

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