Amateur Astronomers Spot a Jupiter Explosion

Earlier this week, two amateur astronomers observing Jupiter reported a flash of light in the planet’s atmosphere. Astronomer Tony Phillips, of spaceweather.com, describes what astronomers know about the explosion, and whether an asteroid or a comet might be to blame.

Jupiter Impact Video

Jupiter Impact Video from george1895 on Flickr.

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Tony Phillips

Tony Phillips is an astronomer and author of Spaceweather.com. He is based in Bishop, California.

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About Annette Heist

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