20 July 2009
An astronomer (Anthony Wesley) in OZ first noticed it Sunday. On the eve of the 40th anniversary if the Moon landing. An Earth sized black spot near the South polar regions of Jupiter. It looked remarkably like the images seen when the Shoemaker Levy comet hit Jupiter in 1994.
This image started a mad rush in the astronomical world! Observations from the giant telescopes of the world began and NASA JPL tonight has an IR image showing strong indications that this was indeed an asteroid, or a comet.
Thanks to Phil Plait and his great blog “Bad Astronomy” for the heads up! You should really bookmark his site if you are at all interested in Science/ Astronomy.
We live in a hostile universe, and if something that big had hit Earth, the cockroaches would likely be the largest survivors. The formula for the Kinetic energy of an object is quite simple. KE= 1/2 mass * velocity squared. Double the mass, and the energy doubles. Double the velocity and it goes up 4 times. Do the math on an object of 10,000 metric tons going 60 km/sec.
BIG OUCH. By by dinosaurs, hello Mammals!
Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite 😉