Japanese astronomers have captured footage of what appears to be a “collision” on Jupiter, more than a month after noticing a similar event.
A team of researchers, led by Ko Arimatsu of Kyoto University , released footage of a mysterious bright light that appeared on Jupiter for about four seconds on October 15, Sky and Telescope reported
If the bright light is confirmed to be the result of a collision, it will be the ninth that the human eye catches. It was last observed on September 13.
The researchers posted a tweet on Twitter, saying: “For the first time in history, we have succeeded in simultaneous observation of a flash of light, as a small object crashed into the surface of Jupiter at 22:24 (Japan time) on October 15.”
Jupiter collides with tens, perhaps hundreds, of asteroids every year, as the giant planet acts as a barrier preventing such objects from affecting Earth . However, depictions of such a collision with Jupiter are very rare.
The first recorded collision on Jupiter was with Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 (SL9), in July 1994.
Last month, amateur astronomers caught a bright light appearing for a few seconds on the gas giant planet