An amateur astronomer Gerrit Kernbauer from Mödling (Austria) recorded and edited a video of an unidentified flying object’s collision with Jupiter, Phil Plait noted in his Bad Astronomy blog. The photographs were taken on March 17, 2016.
They revealed an object that had fallen on Jupiter. The collision gave rise to the release of energy equal to 12.5 million tons of TNT.
Experts suggest that amateur astronomers have watched the collision of the gas giant with a comet. Kernbauer’s information was confirmed by an amateur astronomer John McKay from Dublin (Ireland). The astronomers have made videos out of the images taken by their telescopes.
In general, Jupiter collides with large comets and asteroids once a year. The biggest collision happened in 1994 when the gas giant met Shoemaker-Levy 9 (D/1993 F2).
An American automatic station Juno (Jupiter Polar Orbiter) is to start exploration of Jupiter and its natural satellite in the nearest future. The device is planned to arrive at Jupiter on July 5, 2016.
This automatic interplanetary station will move around the gas giant in an elliptical orbit at a distance of five thousand kilometers from its atmosphere. Juno is expected to do 33 turns around Jupiter in 365 days and every turn will take 14 days.