Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Explosion on Jupiter

Last week a mysterious explosion was observed in the atmosphere of the planet Jupiter, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNKtzAppLHg This news story calls it an "impact", but that's actually an assumption. No asteroid or comet was observed hitting the planet, as it was in the case of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 in 1994, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_Shoemaker%E2%80%93Levy_9 Jupiter is enormous, by far the biggest planet in the solar system, over 1300 Earth could fit inside it, so you can judge simply by looking that the explosion must have been titanic.

I didn't think much about it until I'd reviewed and analyzed more carefully the interview I did on HPANWO Radio with Dr Manjir Samanta-Laughton, see: http://hpanwo-radio.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/programme-13-podcast-manjir-samanta.html She spoke about how the Earth's atmosphere is sometimes hit by very similar explosions, although thankfully not as big as the one on Jupiter! They're know as "sprites" and burst in the upper atmosphere usually when a large bolt of lightning strikes the ground below. They emit a massive amount of energy and scientists don't know yet what is going on with them, but it's possible one struck the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003 and destroyed it. Manjir has a theory that these are caused by the creative black holes she talks about in the interview. Not only that but flares on different planets are connected at a higher dimensional level, the "breathing" of the universe, as she calls it.

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