Brazilian amateur astronomer Jose Luis Pereira saw an unknown body falling onto Jupiter.
On September 12, Pereira made observations at São Caetano do Sul in São Paulo state: he wanted to film Jupiter using the DeTeCt program, which automatically detects flares in the image.
The conditions weren’t the best, but the astronomer was able to make 25 clips.
I observe planets very often. When planets like Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars are in opposition, I photograph them every night in clear weather. Most of all I love Jupiter.
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In the first video, Pereira suddenly saw an unusual glow from Jupiter. The astronomer did not attach much importance to this, as he thought that it could be related to the chosen shooting parameters.
He loaded the videos into the DeTeCt program and only after analyzing the recording, the program issued a message about the body falling onto the planet.
On Jupiter, an asteroid of about a hundred meters presumably fell, and it could also be a small comet nucleus. So far, there is no evidence that the collision left a dark trail in Jupiter’s atmosphere.