A meteor has reportedly hit Jupiter

According to Gizmodo.com, earlier this month, an object suspected to be a meteor has hit Jupiter.

This observation was made by an amateur astronomer Ethan Chappel who was on the lookout for Perseid meteors. On looking at the footage of from his telescope which was fed into software program designed to detect impact flashes, he saw a brief but discernible flash along the western portion of Jupiter’s Southern Equatorial Belt.

Ethan Chappel made the annoucement later that day via a tweet.


The impact, however still needs to be confirmed by other astronomers so as to confirm it.

Jupiter is pounded by meteors on a regular basis—somewhere between 2,000 to 8,000 times the rate of impacts experienced on Earth, reports ScienceAlert. Unlike the impact on August 7, however, the vast majority of these impacts are too small to detect from Earth.