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Big Bear Images of Fragment R Impact


The following images of Jupiter were taken at Big Bear Solar Observatory at around the time of the R fragment impact. Unfortunately, no fireball was visible (intermittent clouds didn't help), but previous impact areas can be clearly seen on the disk.

All images were taken by staff members John Varsik and Glenn Eychaner, and summer students Walter Brisken, Michael Hartl, Vincent Pery, and Hans-Michael Hauser, with the 65cm telescope and 12-bit CCD camera. South is down, and Jupiter rotates left to right.

This is a one hour time series of 10 images taken unfiltered, using the full camera sensitivity (about 4000 - 10000 Angstroms) for the shortest possible exposures. In the early images, two impact areas (now believed to be from earlier impacts) can be seen in the south at left and right; in the last image, the impact R area appears to begin to show as a dent in the edge of the image.

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