On Wednesday, amateur astronomer Ethan Chappel was on the lookout for Perseid meteors, reports ScienceAlert.Later, after feeding the data into a software program designed to detect impact flashes, Chappel was alerted to the event.Looking at the footage, Chappel saw a brief but discernible flash along the western portion of Jupiter’s Southern Equatorial Belt, or SEB.Later that day, Chappel announced his discovery in a tweet: “Imaged Jupiter tonight.Looks awfully like an impact flash in the SEB.” Chappel released a sharper version of the impact on Thursday, along with a colourised view of the apparent impact.The impact still needs to be confirmed by other astronomers, but it certainly bears the hallmarks of a meteor strike, and not something that might be produced by Jupiter’s lightning flashes or auroras.
An amateur astronomer caught something spectacular with a backyard telescope Wednesday when he recorded a bright flash on the surface of Jupiter.The biggest planet in the solar system routinely delivers stunning pictures, like those snapped by NASA's Juno spacecraft, but the unexpected flash has astronomers excited at the possibility of a meteor impact.Ethan Chappel pointed his telescope at the gas giant planet at just the right time, capturing the white spot seen on the lower left side of the planet in the above images on Aug. 7.While it has yet to be confirmed by a second observer, it looks like a large asteroid crashing into the gas giant planet.The flash is brief and quickly fades away, boosting the idea that it was likely caused by an impact."Another impact on Jupiter today!"
This week’s space adventures will take us around the galaxy and beyond, but first we’re going to linger for a bit within our own solar system.Over on Mars we’re going to fly over some chaotic terrain—so called for its haphazard appearance.Earth has dune fields like this too in our deserts—just one more thing we have in common with Mars.Generally though Mars is still quite a mystery.Over the years our rovers there have detected small bursts of methane, and two weeks ago, NASA’s Curiosity rover detected yet another whiff.Because methane is a byproduct of life, though, something could be burping below the surface.
Still, LG’s SL9YG manages to bring something truly different to the table.The 4.1.2-channel system (you read that right, this bar forgoes a center channel) is mammoth in size.We don’t use the word “mammoth” lightly, and the SL9’s voluminous black box makes for a bold entrance to your TV room.At just over 2-inches high, though, the SL9 fits easily beneath most TVs — just make sure your TV stand is long enough.For Google Assistant, you’ll need to download the Google Home App, and then follow the instructions to connect a new device.Assistant allows you to not only control playback from streaming services like Spotify, Google Play Music, and Pandora (no Apple Music here), but also to perform broader queries, from accessing your calendar to checking the weather.
Ever since poor Pluto was stripped of its planetary status, a lingering question has been, Well then, what the heck is it?Just another Kuiper Belt Object?There's an argument to be made that it's all three, but new research suggests it may also be something a little more unique: a really overgrown comet.Scientists from the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) combined data from NASA's New Horizons flyby of the former planet and the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission that landed on comet 67P to come up with a new explanation for how Pluto came to be."We've developed what we call 'the giant comet' cosmochemical model of Pluto formation," Dr. Christopher Glein of SwRI said in a release.The researchers discovered that a large, nitrogen-rich ice glacier on Pluto's surface named Sputnik Planitia is similar in composition to what Rosetta found on its comet.
The United Kingdom is a terrible place to use a telescope, at least if you consider the weather.A video on March 17, taken using only an 11-inch telescope, shows a flash of something impacting Jupiter.Two months later, the video has close to four million views.A typical telescope swings between different types of observations such as looking at asteroids, peering at nebulas and star clusters in the outer reaches of the galaxy, and doing planetary observations.Astronomers are hungry for regular observations of planets to provide insights on their weather, their magnetic fields, and other natural processes.But with limited telescope time available, their views of the planets only come in snatches.