Anthony Wesley, having the chick magnet hobby of astronomy, has apparently managed to hit the galactic lotto twice and has witnessed Jupiter getting pegged by intergalactic space projectiles not once, but twice. Cue threads on the scientist version of Free Republic insisting he somehow manipulated asteroids to plow into Jupiter so he could get the glory of seeing a white dot appear on a grainy image.
How does this affect your life? Well, not much. Granted, whatever plowed into that gigantic bag of gas must have been huge, because the teeny little pinprick of light in this video had to be a massive explosion just to register on those telescopes in the first place. As in “massive blast” big.
So basically we missed an awesome explosion. The closest thing we’ll get is a video of it under the cut:
[ via Discovery Magazine's Bad Astronomy ]