Jupiter I was hit again.
Brazilian Observer Jose Luis Pereira Capture a bright flash on the largest planet in the solar system on Monday night (September 13), to commemorate the fiery death of a space rock high above Joe Jovian.
“I am a diligent planetary observer,” Pereira told Space.com in a written statement on Tuesday (September 14). “When Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars collide, I try to take pictures on every clear night possible. Especially [of] Jupiter, my favourite.”
On Sunday (September 12) and Monday, Pereira set up his gear in São Caetano do Sul, in the southeastern Brazilian state of São Paulo. As on many other nights, he aimed to photograph Jupiter and capture video for the DeTeCt program, which seeks to identify and characterize the impacts on the giant planet.
The weather didn’t look like it would cooperate Monday night, but Pereira persevered, putting together a series of 25 videos of Jupiter, with no time gap in between.
Pereira wrote: “To my surprise, I noticed a different glow on the planet in the first video, but didn’t pay much attention to it as I thought it might be something related to the standards, and I continued watching normally.” “In order not to stop the captures in progress for fear of worsening weather, I did not review the first video.”
Feed the videos into a file DeTeCt . program Then he went to bed.
“I only reviewed the result on the morning of the 14th, when the program alerted me to the high potential for impact and checked for a record in the first video of the night,” Pereira wrote.
He then sent the information to Marc Delcroix of the French Astronomical Society, who confirmed that Pereira had already recorded footage of Monday’s collision at 6:39 p.m. EDT (2239 GMT).
“For me it was a moment of great emotion, as I was looking for a record [such an] It happened for many years,” Pereira wrote.
He added that his observational setup consisted of the following: a 275mm f/5.3 Newtonian telescope with a QHY5III462C camera, as well as a Televue Powermate 5x (f/26.5) lens and an IRUV cut-off filter. If you’re looking to learn more about how to photograph planets, check out theCT scan for beginners A guide to the basics. You can also learn how to make a file Nikon Z6 astrophotography camera stacks Here.
A large planet is frequently beaten
Since it orbits near the main asteroid belt and is characterized by a strong gravitational pull, Jupiter experiences fairly frequent blows. In July 1994, for example, fragments of a fracture Comet Shoemaker Levi 9 It famously collided with Jupiter, causing major bruises in the planet’s thick atmosphere that lasted for months.
Those scars opened a rare window into Jupiter below the cloud tops, and professional astronomers seized the opportunity. They have studied the collision sites with a variety of powerful telescopes, clarifying our understanding of the gas giant’s atmosphere composition.
Another high-ranking smash Happened after 15 years, when an impactor created a Pacific-sized scar in Jupiter’s swirling air. Like the Shoemaker-Levy 9 pests, these inclusions persisted long enough to get professional astronomers moving.
But it doesn’t look like they’ll get that chance with the newly observed effect.
“The site was clearly resolved and no visible scar was left (just as with previous flash events). The object was probably too small to reach the deeper atmosphere,” astrophotographer Damien Beach wrote on Twitter Wednesday, where he posted a wonderful picture of Jupiter, which healed an hour after its injury.
Mike Wall is the author of “Abroad(Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustration by Karl Tate), a book on the search for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.