Asteroid impact on Jupiter caught on video

The powerful impact of an asteroid into Jupiter's upper atmosphere was recently captured by two amateur astronomers located in different parts of the world. One of the observers even managed to capture the impact on video. The collision was first spotted by Anthony Wesley in central Australia, and later confirmed by Christopher Go in the Philippines, after reviewing the video he was taking of Jupiter at the time.

Images of asteroid impact on Jupiter
Two independent images, showing the moment of impact on Jupiter.

The impact lasted for less than a second, and careful analysis of the video suggested that the asteroid entered the atmosphere from a westerly direction. Although this will be recorded as a fairly minor impact, it does reaffirm the important research being done by a dedicated network of amateur astronomers around the world who are constantly monitoring the night sky for hidden dangers.

Jupiter Impact, June 2, 2010 from Ars Technica on Vimeo.