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#16 mmmbeans

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:07 PM

Slooh is running a live cam in the Canary Islands to check for if the impact left a scar of the sorts. http://events.slooh.com/

Really cool an Amateur Astronomer got the footage, and on an LX200 12"! Must have been a massive collision.

Anyone else an AA? I have a Meade LX800 that I used to run lapses on Saturn and The Orion Nebula through my laptop on crystal clear winter nights. Light pollution from downtown has made that less exciting, but I will go up to the mountains once every couple months and do that now.


Very cool man. I live in nyc and i dont have a car so i use an old school astroscan (sometimes i feel like a 12 year old) and go for deep space stuff. Gives me the portability i need but one day i really want to have a proper setup and do some photography.

Id love to have somethin like an lx800.

Post some pics guy!

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:12 PM

http://i.imgur.com/oUHBr.jpg


Jupiter just saved us from the mayan prophecy.
Classic jupes.


I don't know how you go about identifying where it specifically hit on the planet but here's the live solar system:

http://www.theplanetstoday.com/

It could have literally just saved the earth from something we may have never detected

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:21 PM

Very cool man. I live in nyc and i dont have a car so i use an old school astroscan (sometimes i feel like a 12 year old) and go for deep space stuff. Gives me the portability i need but one day i really want to have a proper setup and do some photography.

Id love to have somethin like an lx800.

Post some pics guy!


Nice! I have a buddy with an Astrocam up near Chapel Hill that I love to look through when I am up there. My 800 isn't very well suited for deep space since I can't get a very wide field of view (even modded), so I get a treat when I get to visit.

My scoping laptop is actually dead atm - had to order a new battery - but I will definitely post what I have grabbed since I have started imaging. And subsequent images as I get out there.

I had a fantastic capture of the Pleiades for my desktop wallpaper for a while that I would have posted but can't find it atm =/

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:45 PM

I don't know how you go about identifying where it specifically hit on the planet but here's the live solar system:

http://www.theplanetstoday.com/

It could have literally just saved the earth from something we may have never detected



Yeah, around this time, when Earth passes closer to Jupiter, you really don't want to learn about a surprise collision.

#20 mmmbeans

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:47 AM

I don't know how you go about identifying where it specifically hit on the planet but here's the live solar system:

http://www.theplanetstoday.com/

It could have literally just saved the earth from something we may have never detected


Joking but serious... Jupiter has probably saved our asses many many times.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:50 AM

Nice! I have a buddy with an Astrocam up near Chapel Hill that I love to look through when I am up there. My 800 isn't very well suited for deep space since I can't get a very wide field of view (even modded), so I get a treat when I get to visit.

My scoping laptop is actually dead atm - had to order a new battery - but I will definitely post what I have grabbed since I have started imaging. And subsequent images as I get out there.

I had a fantastic capture of the Pleiades for my desktop wallpaper for a while that I would have posted but can't find it atm =/


Yea, the wide field and 30 sec setup definitely has its advantages. goIng camping in a couple weeks... Cant wait to get away from the light.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 06:06 AM

Panthasan hit it.

#23 Jase

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 06:51 AM

Panthasan hit it.


Wouldn't be the first time he hit something that large and gaseous.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 06:54 AM

The Comet Empire.....


Can't be.

The Gamelons haven't attacked yet and everyone knows the Comet Empire won't attack until after we go to Iscandar.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 07:38 AM

If not for Jupiter, we'd be daid.

#26 Dick the Butcher

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 10:31 AM

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jesus christ! here's a quick side-by-side of earth and the impact zone of the collision. the impact alone covers about what looks like ~10% of earth's surface. that's ~ 19.6 thousand miles.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 10:41 AM

I'm guessing the object that hit Jupiter was Uranus.

Can't believe that hasn't been said yet. What's wrong with you people?

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 10:47 AM

Jupiter just saved us from the mayan prophecy.
Classic jupes.


not sure why but this line loled me

#29 Mrs Pantherfan

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 10:49 AM

I kinda wish it did hit us...then I wouldn't have to hear all this political poo anymore

WTG Jupiter!

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 02:33 PM

This thread got me to snooping around the Internets about our solar system. I was always under the impression Jupiter was a giant ball of gas. Can a comet impact on a gaseous planet cause a fireball like that? My pea sized brain is wondering why it wouldn't simply pass through.

I also read that I believe Uranus was impacted by an object the size of EARTH and that is why it's tilted on it's side. Also in 2009 Jupiter had an impact the size of the Pacific ocean from a comet or Asteroid. It's kind of scary to hear about the frequency of impacts in our neighborhood. I guess we are just a smaller target. Hell you can look up at the moon and it's covered in impact craters.

It's hard to fathom the magnitude of that Jupiter fireball. It had to be several thousand miles wide in a matter of 2 seconds. It's easy to feel small yet I've listened to De Grasse Tyson talk about how large we are in the universe.


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