Amateur astronomer spots Jupiter being hit by yet ANOTHER object

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 4:08 PM on 24th August 2010

Jupiter has been hit by another object almost three months after a meteor was spotted crashing into the giant planet’s surface.

A Japanese amateur astronomer recorded a brief flash on Jupiter’s surface on Friday as he filmed the planet from Kumamoto city on the southern island of Kyushu, Japan.

The remarkable video clip suggests that the planet may be experiencing shooting stars far more frequently than scientists thought.

A one-second long flash is spotted on Jupiter's surface just below its dark red belt

A one-second long flash is spotted on Jupiter’s surface just below its dark red belt

Masayuki Tashikawa was studying the sky on Saturday morning Japan time  – around 6:22pm GMT -  when he had pointed his telescope at Jupiter’s direction.

In the 4-second video , the second-long flash can be seen toward the lower left,  after around three seconds.

‘I took it for noise signals at first, but I was really surprised because the image of the light remained on the video,’ Tashikawa said.

The flash like a repeat of the collision spotted by astronomers Anthony Wesley and Christopher Go on 3rd June.

Their spot led astronomers to conclude that the flash was caused not by an exploding asteroid or comet, but instead by a fiery meteor crashing into the surface of the planet itself.

The latest collision should give astronomers a better idea of the size of debris floating in the outer solar system.

Glenn Orton, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said it would be the right time ‘to establish a worldwide network of Jupiter-monitoring telescopes so that the planet can be watched 24/7.’

On July 19th last year a mystery object struck the planet on July 19 leaving a dark scar the size of the Pacific Ocean.

Astronomers have used images from Nasa’s Hubble Space Telescope to compare the blemish on Jupiter with similar scar caused by a 1994 comet, and believe a 1,600ft wide asteroid is responsible.

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