Sunday, July 26, 2009

Jupiter's Scar: The Old Ones Warning Us?

{Well, maybe not. Lovecraft, always fascinated by astronomomy, would have been excited for a day such as today. He might have incorporated something like this as a warning of how infinitesimal we are as a species, and how the Greater Beings could easily annihilate us. Or change us. Or drive us into madness.}

This Hubble picture, taken on July 23, by the new Wide Field Camera 3, is the sharpest visible-light picture taken of the atmospheric debris from a comet or asteroid that collided with Jupiter on July 19. This is Hubble's first science observation following its repair and upgrade in May. The size of the impactor is estimated to be as large as several football fields.


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