This blog provides commentary on interesting geological events occurring around the world in the context of my own work. This work is, broadly, geological fluid dynamics. The events that I highlight here are those that resonate with my professional life and ideas, and my goal is to interpret them in the context of ideas I've developed in my research. The blog does not represent any particular research agenda. It is written on a personal basis and does not seek to represent the University of Illinois, where I am a professor of geology and physics. Enjoy Geology in Motion! I would be glad to be alerted to geologic events of interest to post here! I hope that this blog can provide current event materials that will make geology come alive.

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Susan Kieffer can be contacted at s1kieffer at gmail.com

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Jupiter hit Again!

Processed image by Anthony Wesley, Broken Hills, Australia

It was initially a bit difficult to track this one down, but two amateur astronomers caught an impact on Jupiter on video.  A report from the Philippines said that the impact was around 4:30 a.m. on Friday, June 3.  The other amateur astronomer who captured this on video was the Australian, Anthony Wesley, who caught the 2009 impact. The Philippino, Christopher Go, estimated that the fireball flash lasted about two seconds.  His story is nice--a guy whose imagination was fired up in 1986 by Halley's Comet.  Now 39, he continues working from his home. He discovered the second red spot on Jupiter known as "Red Jr."  It appears that credit for the discovery will go to the Anthony Wesley and that Go's video will be the confirmation.

The impact flash is the white dot at 4:00 in this image.
The video and more details can be found here.

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