September 16, 2013
Fireballs Collide With Jupiter’s Atmosphere
Amateur astronomers have observed a trio of collisions in Jupiter’s atmosphere. These fireballs are the result of meteors entering Jupiter’s atmosphere, like the meteor seen over Russia in February. These events happen about 100 times more often on Jupiter than here on Earth due to the large planet’s strong gravitational attraction. Scientists say they enter the gas giant’s atmosphere at speeds of at least 37 miles per second and disintegrate at temperatures topping 18,000 degrees F. The impacts were observed by amateur astronomers in Australia, the Philippines, Japan, and the US.
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