Amateur Stargazer captures video of meteor impact on Jupiter

Masayuki Tachikawa, an amateur astronomer from Japan, has managed to capture a video of a meteor impact on Jupiter a couple of days ago on 20th Aug.

Using a video telescope at his home, he recorded a glow that lasted for around two seconds near Jupiter’s equator.

I took it for noise signals at first but I was really surprised because the image of the light remained on the video,” Mr Tachikawa said.

Astronomers believe that the body that hit Jupiter was most likely less than 1km in width because there was no trace left after the flash subsided.

With the rise of sophisticated telescopic equipment on the market, a growing number of amateur astronomers are making significant planetary observations.

Oh the video … ah yes, of course … I can’t leave that out, so here it is …

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