The subject of space and the solar system is vast and intriguing. Jupiter, as the largest planet, has the strongest gravitational influence of all the planetary bodies. As a result, it pulls in many things, such as asteroids, that travel into the empty space around them.
Skywatchers in Japan recently observed what appears to be a light in Jupiter’s atmosphere produced by an asteroid collision. An analysis team led by Ko Arimatsu, an astronomer at Kyoto University in Japan, observed a vibrant glow in Jupiter’s atmosphere on October 15, 2021, apparently produced by an asteroid colliding with the planet.
As part of the Organized Autotelecopes for Serendipitous Event Survey (OASES) study, the researcher investigates the largest planet. A similar phenomenon was recently observed by a Brazilian observer, Jose Luis Pereira, who captured a spectacular flash in Jupiter’s climate.
Observers captured a glowing light source in the form of a tiny dot on the ground of the gaseous planet Jupiter, which was uploaded to YouTube. In the one-and-a-half-minute-long video, the flashes of light begin after about 11 seconds and last for five to six seconds.
The Kyoto University OASES project tweeted after the unexpected event, “Since two simultaneous observations have been made in Japan, the occurrence of a collision on the surface of Jupiter is almost certain.”
According to the tweet, it was also the ninth verified observation of light associated with the impact with the surface of Jupiter.
10月15日22:24 (JST) (PONCOTS) 500-750 NM, 889 NMメタンバンドによる同時観測に史上初めて成功しましたI pic.twitter.com/Hs2wJp0s5F
— The OASES Project (@OASES_miyako) October 17, 2021
According to SPACE.com, the flash in Jupiter’s atmosphere was captured using the Celestron C6 telescope.
It is extremely challenging to record such glimpses from Earth due to technical limitations. In addition, research shows that objects with a diameter of at least 150 feet collide with Jupiter more often, and that the strike may not always be observable from Earth.