A Jovian Black Eye
by Doc Searls
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 10:12 PM EDT
When I read that an impact had been spotted on Jupiter, I figured it was somewhere other than the equator, which would be a bulls-eye. Even Shoemaker-Levy, a huge comet broken into a string of pieces, slammed like a series of machine gun bullets into Jupiter near its south pole.
But this one was bigger. See above. And read the story. That black hole in the side of Jupiter is nearly as big as our whole planet.
And nobody saw it coming.
One good thing is that Jupiter is kind of a crap sweeper, gliding around the inside edge of the outer solar system with a nice big gravitational field, sucking up debris that might otherwise clobber one of your inner planets, such as ours.
By the way, that bright point of light in the eastern sky these evenings is Jupiter.
Oh, by the way, thereâ€™s a total solar eclipse happening right now in Asia. The NASA server with cool info seems to be hosed. So do some other sites Iâ€™ve checked (not that my connection is good right nowâ€¦ weâ€™re back to high latencies again). But Shadow & Substance is on the scene and covering it live.
This article originally appeared on Doc Searls Weblog.