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Old 09-11-2012, 04:28 PM
 
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Apparently, something hit Jupiter during the early hours of Sept. 10th (11:35 UT), igniting a ferocious fireball in the giant planet's cloudtops.

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Old 09-11-2012, 10:30 PM
 
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It would be nice if it took away something that could otherwise hit Earth!
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:28 AM
 
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Apparently, something hit Jupiter during the early hours of Sept. 10th (11:35 UT), igniting a ferocious fireball in the giant planet's cloudtops.

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You beat me to it. I just started a similar thread.
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:58 AM
 
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This makes the third large impact on Jupiter in the last four years that was captured by professional and amateur astronomers.

2009 - PHOTO: Jupiter Impact Creates Earth-Size Blemish
2010 - Bright Fireball Slams Into Jupiter
2012 - Jupiter Explosion Spotted by Amateur Astronomers

Consider how many objects have impacted Jupiter when we were not looking.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:26 PM
 
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Yeah and besides that, what if there was an earth-sized object that whipped around the sun? That would be a lot more mass going a lot faster. Earth could be in little bitty pieces.

As somebody already said, "Thank you for Earth's big brother!"
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:41 PM
 
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Yeah and besides that, what if there was an earth-sized object that whipped around the sun? That would be a lot more mass going a lot faster. Earth could be in little bitty pieces.

As somebody already said, "Thank you for Earth's big brother!"
Jupiter is both a blessing and a curse. While it is true that Jupiter has taken a lot of impacts for us, it is equally true that Jupiter has flung asteroids and comets towards the inner solar system, in the direction of Earth, instead of impacting with Jupiter.

It has also been suggested that the way a "hot Jupiter" exoplanet may have migrated toward its star is after a large impact. If an Earth-sized object were to impact Jupiter at just the right angle, it would slow Jupiter's orbit by as much as 6%, which would cause Jupiter to move closer to the sun and that would not be a good thing for Mars, Earth, Venus or Mercury.
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