Written by The Night Sky Guy on August 22, 2010 – 5:59 pm -
August 20, 2010, at 18:22 Universal Time, Japanese amateur Masayuki Tachikawa recorded a brief flash on Jupiter (upper right of center)
A Japanese backyard astronomer reports seeing a distinct flash in the upper cloud deck of Jupiter on Friday August 20th. The optical flash was recorded through his 6 inch refracting telescope using a webcam.
You can read a report and check out his video of the event.
What caused the flash of light? Most probably an asteroid or comet – maybe something a few meters in size. It appears similar to the impact flashes seen on the planet this past June and July 2009.
So far no other observers have seen any remnants of an impact. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
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