On October 15, skywatchers in Japan observed a flash in the atmosphere in the northern hemisphere that could have been caused by an asteroid hitting Jupiter. Twitter user @yotsuyubi21 captured this scene with the Celestron C6 telescope.
A team of astronomers led by Ko Arimatsu, an astronomer at Japan’s Kyoto University who is part of the Autoglass project, confirmed the images.
According to a tweet posted by the project, that observation consisted of two different types of light, visible light and infrared, giving Jupiter an eerie pink glow.
Jupiter regularly experiences such impacts due to the strong gravity associated with its mass: Smaller objects, such as asteroids scattered throughout the solar system, can be easily pulled into the atmosphere. thick, chaotic atmosphere of the planet.
Some studies suggest that objects at least 45 m in length crash into Jupiter once every few months on average, and that despite observational limitations, even the most thorough monitoring program can Only one collision per year can be encountered.
Observers are still uncertain whether this collision left behind debris that scientists can track.