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All flash, no crash

June 3 fireball left no marks on the giant planet

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4:28pm, June 16, 2010

Call it the hit that missed. The object that generated a fireball above Jupiter’s cloud tops on June 3 (SN Online: 6/4/10) left no mark on the giant planet, Hubble Space Telescope images released June 16 confirm. The Hubble images were recorded a few days after the fireball’s appearance using the observatory’s new Wide Field Camera 3.

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