Friday, July 24, 2009

New Hubble image of impact site on Jupiter

This optical HST image of the impact site on Jupiter was collected by Heidi Hammel (SSI) and others using HST's Wide Field Camera 3. This camera is still new and not fully calibrated yet, since it was installed only two months ago by Shuttle astronauts. Nonetheless, it is still able to produce a magnificent image. The current estimate for the impactor diameter is about a third of a kilometer. See this press release for more details.

1 comment:

Joe Hahn said...

Joe Harrington (UCF) has posted several images of the recent impact, with comparisons to the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact 15 years earlier.