Jupiter Hit By Large Object

07.21.09 | FL News Team

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has confirmed that a large object has once again slammed into the planet Jupiter.  This, after one of NASA's infrared telescopes located in Hawaii captured images of a large, bright scar area on the planet's south polar region.

Fifteen years ago a comet called Shoemaker-Levy 9 broke up in pieces and repeatedly hit Jupiter, causing the first look at an extraterrestrial collision of a comet and a planet.  It was then called a once-in-a-ten-thousand-year event.  The comet was named after the two astronomers who discovered it.

NASA officials are still trying to determine if Jupiter's latest king-size pockmark was caused by another wayward comet.