Jupiter Takes New Hit for the Team
Flash believed to be collision with asteroid or comet
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2012 8:16 AM CDT
Updated Sep 15, 2012 12:43 PM CDT
The bright spot at the left has got astronomers excited.   (George Hall)

(Newser) – For the third time in four years, Jupiter appears to have been hit by something big enough to have done a lot of damage to our planet or any other unlucky enough to be in its way. A flash on Jupiter captured by amateur astronomers is believed to have been caused by an asteroid or comet hitting the gas giant after being drawn in by its gravitational pull, reports NBC. "It's kind of a scary proposition to see how often Jupiter gets hit," says an astronomer who captured the flash on video. Some scientists believe that without Jupiter in the neighborhood to absorb cosmic threats, life on Earth would never have been able to survive.

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Sep 11, 2012 10:47 PM CDT
nice catch, Zeus.
Sep 11, 2012 6:41 PM CDT
"Takes hit for the team" - incorrect and intentional propaganda, promoted at the expense of reality. Research has proved that Jupiter instead FLINGS ROCKS AT US. But that research is entirely suppressed by mogul controlled media in order to keep sheeple asleep with a faked sense of "safe." This month's Jupiter hit is the FOURTH in 16 years. A HARBINGER of the asteroid storm sweeping through our solar system and surrounding our planet. All impacts on Earth are intentionally misreported by mogul media as "earthquakes" "tsunamis" "gas pipe blasts" "sink holes" `"terrorists explosions" etc. The rain of rocks flung at us by Jupiter is the single most censored and suppressed event in history. The reality of Jupiter's threat to Earth is exposed online at: http://www.rockprophecy.com/rocknews.html#jupiterflingsatus NSA, Microsoft and NASA maintain cubical divisions to add propaganda "comments" to every post we make online to expose the insights rockprophecy.com We're waiting for you to dismiss this with your accusations of delusional - a projection of your soon to be extinct fantasyland. Good ridence dominators - Earth will heal without your malignant civilization infestation.
Sep 11, 2012 5:02 PM CDT
So glad to have Jupiter in the "neighborhood". The big kid who's watching over us little ones. :)