Jupiter’s enormous size and gravitational attraction increase its vulnerability to comet and asteroid impacts. But collisions flare and fade quickly; unless they’re viewed at the moment of impact, they won’t be seen at all. Thanks to the efforts of amateur astronomers, dramatic impacts on Jupiter were recently captured on video, one of many important scientific contributions made by backyard stargazers.
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