Astronomers have captured a unusually powerful explosion on Jupiter that was caused by a collision between the planet and a comet or asteroid.
The collision occurred on March 17, but confirmation of the event was only released recently. Two amateur astronomers located in Austria and Ireland both saw the explosion.
This footage was captured by “Gerrit” who is located in Austria. Using a 20-centimeter telescope, the video displays a brief flash on Jupiter’s right-hand side. It’s a faint impact, barely perceptible, but the actual explosion must have be huge.
Jupiter is the biggest and most massive planet in the solar system, any asteroid or comet that strays too close will be ripped to shreds and pulled into the planet’s thick atmosphere.