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Jupiter explosion captured on video by amateur astronomers

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At least five people in Brazil, Germany, France and Italy independently saw or recorded the white flash, according to amateur planetary observer Marc Delcroix. A video of the event uploaded by Jose Luis Pereira of Brazil has been viewed 1.2 million times since Tuesday. According to Sky & Telescope, the impact happened at 6:39 p.m. ET Monday. Pereira decided to double-check what he saw with DeTeCt software — created by Delcroix — which observers often used to check for things like planetary impacts.

The European Space Agency tweeted out an image from Pereira on its operations account. — ESA Operations (@esaoperations) September 14, 2021

Thanks Jupiter for taking the hit☄️#PlanetaryDefence Italian Ernesto Guido tweeted out images he said were captured by amateur astronomers in Germany and France.

Not a lot of info on the impacting object yet but its likely to be large and/or fast! Light on at Jupiter! Anyone home? This bright impact flash was spotted yesterday on the giant planet by astronomer José Luis Pereira.

— Ernesto Guido (@comets77) September 14, 2021 Impact Flash on Jupiter confirmed by at least 2 amateur astronomers: H. Paleske in Germany & by J.P. Arnould in France. See attached images & for more info about past Jupiter impact events: #astronomy #jupiter #impact

Brazilian astronomer José Luis Pereira detected an impact flash (the subtle white splotch in this gif) on the giant planet Sept. 13. Paul Byrne, an associate professor of Earth and planetary science at Washington University, reportedly told Inverse that the object could potentially be hundreds of meters in size. Something hit Jupiter yesterday.

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