A powerful explosion occurred due to a drop in zhelezorudnye asteroid on Jupiter
Such a nature was the flash, which scientists have observed on Jupiter in August. This is the resource Euro planet society.
The phenomenon of a researcher, a lover of Ethan Chappell recorded back in August, the 7th. He saw it in his town of Cibolo in Texas (USA).
On the edge of the disk of Jupiter because of the fall of the asteroid explosion, which lasted fifteen seconds. Its capacity could reach 240 kilotons of TNT, which is roughly less than half the power of the explosion of the Chelyabinsk meteorite.
Later astronomers Ramanakumar Sankar and Csaba Palotai from Florida Institute of technology analyzed the data.
Judging by the brightness, it was a body diameter of 12 to 16 meters and weighing about 450 tonnes, which was destroyed in the upper atmosphere, about 80 kilometers over the border of the clouds. Analysis of the light curve showed that this body had a density characteristic of zhelezorudnye asteroids, not comets.
Astronomer Ricardo Ueso spent their calculations and came to the conclusion that the August outbreak was the second brightness of the rest of the same events on Jupiter, seen from 2010.
Earlier it was reported that scientists have discovered a unique asteroid that is able to change its color. It is called asteroid chameleon. It is known that the asteroid 6478 Gault, which has a diameter of about 3.7 km is rotated between Mars and Jupiter, at a distance of 345.6 million kilometers from the Sun.
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