Jupiter Gets Bitch Slapped

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  1. The Night Funky

    The Night Funky BMF Staff Member Moderator

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    15 years after Shoemaker-Levy 9 hit.
    You can see a bigger picture at the link.
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  2. The Esquire of Gothos

    The Esquire of Gothos The Squire of Gotham

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  3. Ward

    Ward A Stepford Husband

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    Very good. thanks!
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    NeonMosfet Probably a Dual

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    The sky is falling.
  5. Dayton Kitchens

    Dayton Kitchens Banned

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    It is ominous for two reasons.

    1) Two major impacts on the same planet in only a 15 year span.

    2) Something big enough to make this impact scar went completely undetected beforehand.
  6. Lanzman

    Lanzman Vast, Cool and Unsympathetic Formerly Important

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    It's a warm-up for 2012. :calli:

    But seriously, Dayton's second point is cause for concern. A fairly large object impacts Jupiter and no-one noticed it beforehand? What if it had been coming our way?
  7. Rimjob Bob

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    It's an Imperial probe droid, the larger variety. :bergman:
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  8. Beck

    Beck Monarchist, Nazi, Far-Right Whackaloon

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    You need to think of Jupiter as the BIG BROTHER of our portion of the solar system. Its gravity is so immense that any mammoths coming in from outside the asteroid belt a la the ort (sp?) cloud is going to likely hit Jupiter or BIG SISTER Saturn before it penetrates into the realm of the terrestrial planets.

    Of course if any of those asteroids within the asteroid belt get pushed like billiard balls our way, there's not much we can do. But if not for Jupiter, life probably would never have survived on this planet for very long. Dinosaur impacts would be far more common. We really do owe alot to our gas giant neighbors. Lets not forget Neptune and Ur Anus too.
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  9. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    Jupiter: Earth's contraceptive sponge.
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  10. Bailey

    Bailey It's always Christmas Eve Super Moderator

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    If you want a feel good read, check out the original thread where Anthony discovered the spot and identified it as an impact site: http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/showthread.php?t=47481

    Interestingly enough I might have been looking at Jupiter when this happened! A few hours before he took his pictures I was looking at Jupiter for the first time through my telescope. All I could see was a couple of blurry dark bands of Jupiter, although it was cool to see some of its moons and to see Jupiter as a disc instead of a point of light.
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  11. Chris

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    1.) That's what Jupiter does. There's a pretty strong theory that having Jupiter absorb most of the comets out there keeps life alive on Earth.

    2.) Space is big. I mean really, REALLY big. One dot among the billions is pretty damn hard to find if you're not looking for it.
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  12. The Night Funky

    The Night Funky BMF Staff Member Moderator

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    Hubble takes a look.
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    By contrast, the object estimated to have hit Arizona and created Meteor Crater was a mere 54 yards across.
  13. Scott Hamilton Robert E Ron Paul Lee

    Scott Hamilton Robert E Ron Paul Lee Straight Awesome

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  14. oldfella1962

    oldfella1962 light & lethal

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    As a stand-alone sentence, this is pretty scary. :jayzus:
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  15. The Night Funky

    The Night Funky BMF Staff Member Moderator

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    The results are in! Jupiter might be getting whacked more often than we thought! :calli:
  16. Sean the Puritan

    Sean the Puritan Endut! Hoch Hech!

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    Santiago Hoyos and Ricardo Hueso

    In English, James Holes and Richard Bone.

    Dick Bone.

    Awesome! :cool:
  17. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    Jimmy Holes and Dick Bone?

    Sound like the replacements for Brock Landers and Chest Rockwell...
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  18. Doctor Manhattan

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    Post deleted, as the point has been addressed.
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  19. Muad Dib

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  20. The Night Funky

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    Guess what?
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    Yeah, this is a good thing. Better Jupiter than Earth.
  22. Forbin

    Forbin Do you feel fluffy, punk?

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    Isn't this the second impact since Shoemaker/Levy 9?
  23. Zombie

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    To us? Yeah.

    Too Jupiter? Damn thing probably gets hit once a week. Just not with the huge ones.
  24. Muad Dib

    Muad Dib Probably a Dual Deceased Member

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    Missed us again! :ualbert:
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  25. The Night Funky

    The Night Funky BMF Staff Member Moderator

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    Guess who got hit again?
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