FEATURED IMAGE: 17 Oct 2019, 18:04 UTC | The Clumpy and Lumpy Death of a Star 20 October 2019, 1:37:24UTC RSS RSS | About | Contact | Site Map
Home » News & Blogs » Why Does Jupiter Get Hit By So Many Objects In Space?
Bookmark and Share
Starts With a Bang!

Why Does Jupiter Get Hit By So Many Objects In Space?

23 Aug 2019, 14:01 UTC
Why Does Jupiter Get Hit By So Many Objects In Space? NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstad/Sean Doran

One of the most terrifying prospects here on Earth is that of our planet being struck by a large, massive, fast-moving asteroid or comet. Even a modest fragment of such an object can strike Earth with such force that devastation will surround the impact site. If the strike deposits enough energy in the right location, like the Chelyabinsk (above) event from 2013 or the Tunguska event of 1908 could have, millions could die and many billions of dollars in property damage could occur.

The impact on Earth from even larger strikes, such as the event which created Barringer Crater or — even more catastrophically — the impactor that caused Chixulub crater some 65 million years ago, can still be measured today. Still, all the violence that Earth has experienced is nothing compared to what Jupiter, the most impacted object in the Solar System goes through. We all got a reminder of this on August 7, 2019.

Latest Vodcast

Latest Podcast

Advertise PTTU

NASA Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

astronomy_pod