Did an asteroid slam into Jupiter?

- If something slams into Jupiter and two strangers a thousand miles away from each other film it, does it count?

Two amateur astronomers have generated some buzz after sharing videos of what appears to a fiery object making explosive contact with the planet.


According to his video on YouTube, Gerrit Kernbauer was in Modling, Austria filming the planet using a Skywatcher Newton 200/1000 telescope on March 17. And while the “seeing was not the best” he found a “strange light spot that appeared for less than one second” on Jupiter, according to his YouTube post.

Backing Kernbauer’s observation was separate amateur footage taken around the same time by John McKeon in Swords, Ireland. His video also shows a bright object near the planet’s surface.


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