Later in the week, the Hubble Space Telescope's newest camera captured the sharpest visible-light picture to date of Jupiter's latest feature. Not only did the image provide greater detail on the impact itself, but also it proved astronauts successfully serviced the telescope in May.
Operators of the Keck and Hubble telescopes originally scheduled other work for the week but decided to postpone their plans to better study the unfolding events on Jupiter. They join a multitude of amateur and professional astronomers across the world now training their eyepieces on the planet's constantly changing spot.
NASA scientists estimate the colliding object was several hundreds of yards across and the force of its impact to have been thousands of times greater than the explosion in 1908 over the Siberian Tunguska River Valley.Related blogs: