Monday, 27 July 2009

Hubble Snaps Sharpest Image Yet of Jupiter Impact

The new shot was taken by Hubble’s newest toy, the Wide Field Camera 3, which was installed during the most-recent servicing mission to the telescope in May.

The collision is believed to be the largest since Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 busted into 21 pieces and slammed into the solar system’s largest planet 15 years ago.

If whatever hit Jupiter — and astronomers might never know what it was — had instead struck Earth, it would have caused catastrophic damage to human civilization.

Check out the Hubble images of Jupiter at the link above. They're awesome.

This is an extremely serious matter. Our civilisation desperately needs some sort of asteroid monitoring system so that we can detect large sized rocks that are headed our way. Once detected efforts could then be made to deflect the objects. As things stand we could face disaster at almost anytime. We do have the technology to save ourselves.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 27th, 2009.]

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