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  1. #1 Jupiter impact June 3rd 
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    http://astro.christone.net/jupiter/jupiterimpact.wmv
    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/ba...upiter-impact/

    Jupiter just got smashed by something huge!


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    What's scary is if that had hit us, we'd all be in bad shape.

    Anyone know what the state of Asteroid detection and deflection is? I know there are programs in place, but I heard somewhere that we've only found something like 50% of the predicted Asteroids out there. I don't know how valid that number is, but really, it only takes one.

    But then again, Jupiter is really big.


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    Large lumps of rock do come in from the outside the solar system but the Earth is under 8,000 miles in diameter and has a path of some 584,000,000 miles around the Sun. For an asteroid to hit Earth, it would require it to be in the right part of it's orbit with great accuracy since the Earth is small and even then it could be a few million miles above or below the plane of the ecliptic. Though the Earth has been hit maybe a hundred times in the last several hundred million years, there has been just five extinction level events.

    Jupiter doesn't just have it's size (88,000 miles diameter) against it but it's mass (318 Earth masses), so a gravitational pull which can drag in passing lumps of rock and comets.
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    Jupiter is really big... Space is really big too. But Jupiter is really heavy too.

    I imagine the sun picks up a lot of stuff as well. Do we ever observe this?
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    we probably can't observe it, the meteor is probably pulled towards the sun at extraordinary speeds and it would be blotted out by the brightness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zazzerak
    we probably can't observe it, the meteor is probably pulled towards the sun at extraordinary speeds and it would be blotted out by the brightness.
    "In a rare celestial spectacle, two comets have been observed plunging into the Sun's atmosphere in close succession, on June 1 and 2. (1998)"

    From this source.
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    Oh, right, I remember seeing footage of that. Durp.

    Thanks.
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    Cyberia wrote: "Jupiter doesn't just have it's size (88,000 miles diameter) against it but it's mass (318 Earth masses), so a gravitational pull which can drag in passing lumps of rock and comets." (Sorry, can't get the quote to work).
    Jupiter is big, but its orbit is big too.
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