VS’is an unusual detection that science owes to the community of amateur astronomers! On the night of Monday to Tuesday, September 14 at 12:39:30 a.m., an as yet unidentified celestial object crashed into the planet Jupiter. All while emitting a clearly detectable flash of light, including with equipment accessible to the general public.
That evening, in Villey-le-Sec, in Meurthe-et-Moselle, Jean-Paul Arnoult, member of the Lorraine Astronomical Society, is installed in his personal observatory. Include a garden hut with a rolling roof allowing a telescope, connected to a camera and a computer, to point skyward. Enough to observe the firmament on a cool night without risking hypothermia! “It was then that I saw the impact take place before my eyes. I even woke up my wife to tell her. But, at the time, we remained incredulous, ”he tells the Point.
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Four of his astronomy club comrades? Stéphane Barré, Alexis Desmougin, Thibaut Humbert and Didier Walliang? have, for their part, taken a week’s vacation to go on a “mission” to the AstroQueyras associative observatory, located in the town of Saint-Véran in the Hautes-Alpes, at an altitude of nearly 3,000 meters. They too then have their eyes riveted on Jupiter, in front of which they expect to see the Moon transit. If they don? T really realize what they? Ve boxed, the movie of their […] Read more