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5Jun/100

Amateur Astronomers Detect Jupiter Impact

Two different amateur astronomers detected an object impacting Jupiter on June 3.   Catch the video: it's pretty impressive, and shows that amateurs can make interesting observations of our universe.    If you haven't looked through a telescope lately (or a good one) this video shows the role that atmospheric conditions play.   As you watch carefully, fine details come and go in the span of just a few frames.    One of the more interesting "revolutions" in amateur astronomy is to use video cameras to capture these moments of good seeing, and "stack" the resulting images into high quality composites.    Anywho.... thought it was brilliant. Congratulations to Anthony Wesley and Christopher Go for these truly rare images.

YouTube - Jupiter Impacted on 3rd June 2010.

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