Discussion in 'Techforge' started by Tuckerfan, Jul 21, 2009.
15 years after Shoemaker-Levy 9 hit.
You can see a bigger picture at the link.
Very good. thanks!
The sky is falling.
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.
It's a warm-up for 2012.
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?
It's an Imperial probe droid, the larger variety.
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.
Jupiter: Earth's contraceptive sponge.
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.
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.
Hubble takes a look.
By contrast, the object estimated to have hit Arizona and created Meteor Crater was a mere 54 yards across.
Hmm. An earth destroyer!
As a stand-alone sentence, this is pretty scary.
The results are in! Jupiter might be getting whacked more often than we thought!
Santiago Hoyos and Ricardo Hueso
In English, James Holes and Richard Bone.
Jimmy Holes and Dick Bone?
Sound like the replacements for Brock Landers and Chest Rockwell...
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Yeah, this is a good thing. Better Jupiter than Earth.
Isn't this the second impact since Shoemaker/Levy 9?
To us? Yeah.
Too Jupiter? Damn thing probably gets hit once a week. Just not with the huge ones.
Missed us again!
Guess who got hit again?
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