Jupiter Hit By Comet

Either a comet or meteoroid hit the planet of Jupiter last Sunday and it was absorbed  by its thick atmosphere of ammonia and methane. The said comet or meteoroid left a "scar" on the planet which was seen from NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii. It was first spotted by an amateur Australian astronomer, Anthony Wesley. 

"I suspect the impact scar itself should remain visible for a few days, maybe a week," said Leigh Fletcher, a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He also added the the "scar" is about the size of the earth.

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