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Amateur astronomers capture the moment mysterious object slams into Jupiter and causes bright flash lasting two seconds

A mysterious object slammed into Jupiter this week, causing a bright flash of light that was captured by amateur astronomers 382.76 million miles away on Earth.

German astronomer Harald Paleske was watching the shadow of Jupiter's moon, Io, create a solar eclipse in the planet's atmosphere of Jupiter when he spotted the probable impact.

'A bright flash of light surprised me,' he told Space Weather. 'It could only be an impact.'

If confirmed, this event would be just the eighth recorded impact on the gas giant – the first was identified in 1994.

After seeing the bright flash, Paleske said he looked at each frame with the hopes of determining what caused the light.

He found the flash was in Jupiter's atmosphere and remained visible for two seconds -ruling out any interference on Earth or a random satellite floating across the planet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Shoemaker/Levy 9 slammed into Jupiter, Claire and I held a "comet smack" party for the neighborhood kids. It was also our engagement party (we had T-shirts that said,"A comet impacted Jupiter and all I got was engaged!"). One of the most memorable moments was when this little girl finished looking through the telescope and said in amazement, "You mean you can see it up in the sky!!" :)

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