Jupiter is simply massive and due to its size and gravitational pull a meteor has collided with the planet and the explosion was so big it was viewed from Earth.
Here's an animation that's more representative of how fast the flash on #Jupiter occurred. Unfortunately, I couldn't make this work without cutting out 6 frames for every 7. pic.twitter.com/POQynVOlA8— Chappel Astro (@ChappelAstro) August 8, 2019
Since Jupiter is so big, it's gravitational pull captures a lot of space debris including meteors that are abundantly floating around space. Astronomer, Ethan Chappel going under the guise of Chappel Astro on Twitter viewed the impact of the meteor and said "Today has felt completely unreal to me. Hoping someone else also recorded the impact to seal the deal."
Another group of astronomers estimated the meteors size, saying that the object was 16.5 feet to 65 feet in diameter and that meteors of this calibre collide with Jupiter between one and five times a month. Above we have a gif of the collision and we can see the impact in the bottom left hand corner of the gif. If you happened to miss last weeks news regarding Jupiter, the Hubble Space Telescope took the best image we have of Jupiter now, check that out here.
- >> NEXT STORY: Ubisoft wants to 'come back big' with next-gen Splinter Cell
- << PREVIOUS STORY: Modern Warfare has the most DLC of any Call of Duty game