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Amateur astronomers working with professional astronomers have spotted two fireballs lighting up Jupiter's atmosphere this summer, marking the first time Earth-based telescopes have captured relatively small objects burning up in the atmosphere of the giant planet. The two fireballs - which produced bright freckles on Jupiter that were visible through backyard telescopes - occurred on June 3, 2010, and August 20, 2010, respectively.
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Video footage depicting the unusual flash of light was recorded by amateur stargazer Masayuki Tachikawa at his home in Kumamoto City, southern Japan.
It is the third sighting of flashes of light on Jupiter this year, with similar reports by astronomers based in the Philippines and Australia.

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A Japanese amateur astronomer has captured what appears to be the second meteor strike on Jupiter in three months.
Masayuki Tachikawa captured video of a small but bright flash on Jupiter's surface. at 18.22 (UT) on August 20. The sighting was confirmed by another Japanese astronomer 500 miles away, Aoki Kazuo. This pretty much eliminates the possibility that it was a camera glitch or, say, a reflection off an object nearer Earth.

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Optical flash on Jupiter

optical flash on the surface of the Jupiter captured at 18h22m12s on August 20 (UT). Unfortunately this time is uncertain in 1min. The video taken by an amateur astronomer, Mr. Masayuki Tachikawa in Kumamoto city, with using Philips Toucam Pro2 attached to the telescope, Takahashi TAO-150 f1100mm with teleview power mate X5.
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optical flash on the surface of the Jupiter by M.Tachikawa
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