“It’s been a whirlwind of a day”

Infrared image of Jupiter impactThe answer to the question I asked yesterday, “Impact on Jupiter?”, appears to be Yes. Nasa’s Infrared Telescope Facility in Hawaii has identified further evidence indicating an impact. Via the Sky & Telescope report, Leigh Fletcher, a NASA postdoctoral fellow at JPL who worked on the new images, was twittering throughout. New Scientist has more details of the impact scar “about the size of the Earth.” And the Guardian adds some details of the initial observation from the amateur astronomer responsible, Anthony Wesley – original observation log here. Image credit: NASA/JPL/Infrared Telescope Facility. Adds Space Weather has more images including an animated gif [below the fold].Animated gif of Jupiter with impact scar near southern pole – created by Dennis Simmons of Brisbane Australia on July 20th.

Impact scar on Jupiter