Jupiter just got smacked by a space rock and an amateur astronomer caught it on camera

Jupiter just got smacked by a space rock and an amateur astronomer caught it on camera

Jupiter got whacked again. Brazilian observer José Luis Pereira captured a bright flash on the solar system's largest planet Monday night (Sept. 13), memorializing the fiery death of a space rock high in the Jovian atmosphere. "I am an assiduous planetary observer," Pereira told Space.com in a written statement Tuesday (Sept. 14). "When the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars are in opposition, I try to make images in every possible night of clear skies. Especially [of] the planet Jupiter, my favorite." Related: Juno spacecraft's amazing views of Jupiter (photos) More: The best telescopes of 2021 for beginners and viewing planets On Sunday (Sept. 12) and Monday, Pereira set up his equipment in São Caetano do Sul, in the southeastern Brazilian state of São Paulo. As on many other nights, he …
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