Watch Jupiter Get Hit in the Original HD Video

by Jason Major on September 11, 2012

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Caught on webcam by amateur astronomer George Hall in Dallas, Texas, the impact on Jupiter that occurred yesterday at 6:35 a.m. CT can be clearly seen in the brief video above as a bright flash along the giant planet’s left side.

According to Hall on his website the video was captured with a 12″ LX200GPS, 3x Televue Barlow, and Point Grey Flea 3 camera using Astro IIDC software.

Great catch, George! Currently this is the only video footage we’ve seen of this particular event. Also, tonight at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT the SLOOH Space Camera site will broadcast a live viewing of Jupiter to search for any remaining evidence of an impact. Tune in here.

Video © George Hall. All rights reserved, used with permission.


A graphic designer in Rhode Island, Jason writes about space exploration on his blog Lights In The Dark, Discovery News, and, of course, here on Universe Today. Ad astra!

Alex Hall September 11, 2012 at 9:19 PM


Bob Blaskiewicz September 11, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Sa-WEET! Is that in real-time?

Aqua4U September 11, 2012 at 10:03 PM

The last moment in the video seems to show a black mark emerging around the limb at the impact site? If so, I hope it gets big enough to see in my 4″! Yassir!

Aqua4U September 12, 2012 at 4:28 PM

No bruise this morning…..* Jupiter must’ve swallered that sucker whole? GULP! Or maybe the impacting object was something a little more ‘exotic’? Something that was instantly vaporized? Like a chunk of ‘mirror matter’? Here’s an interesting link chatting this topic as a ‘dark matter’ candidate. From Technology Review on April 26, 2010:

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall… Did opposed chirality burn et all? There are plenty of anecdotal data to support meteoric explosions which completely vaporize the parent body.. no dust, no stones or other. Evidence of their passage therefore rare, except for evidence of electromagnetic pulse(s) and supersonic shock waves patterns. Tungusta comes to mind? The rumored impactor of +/-14,000 bp over Northern Canada? Here is a report from Jordan that I found interesting?

ffolliet September 11, 2012 at 10:19 PM

just how BIG was the impact? Jupiter is massive and that, being so clear must be enormous!

ClayCampbell September 11, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Amazing! Cant believe someone caught this on video… must be the amateur astronomy catch of the decade!

Jason Major September 11, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Well, there was this from June 2010: (Different decade, I suppose!)

Romanus September 11, 2012 at 6:08 PM

That is truly amazing. It appears we’re entering an era when such sights will be considered routine. :)

Jerry Alez Jerry Alez September 12, 2012 at 12:10 AM

That can’t be in real time can it ?

josh giesbrecht September 12, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Has anyone confirmed this? The flash of light looks … odd, like it’s more in-focus than the rest of the video.

Bill Bynum September 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

The patterns you see are called an Airy Disk. The part of light that acts like a wave sets up a bull’s eye interference pattern when you push it through a circular aperture like the end of a telescope. Pretty much any telescope will show them if you use very high magnification or defocus it a little.

JohnDoe546783 September 12, 2012 at 2:00 AM


JAke And Javis September 12, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Wow, amazing that somebody actually got this on video. It’s like finding a needle in a gas giant.

bugzzz September 13, 2012 at 7:23 PM


James J. O'Connor September 16, 2012 at 11:56 PM

I’m sorry, but that doesn’t look like an impact, to me, at all. It looks like some sort of plasma discharge.

IVAN3MAN_AT_LARGE September 17, 2012 at 4:06 AM

Maybe so in your “Electric Universe” wet dream.

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