Hall has a high-powered telescope that he uses to look at the stars. It's about the size of a Volkswagen. The massive scope, which he has had for about ten years, captured a phenomenon that has the world of astronomy talking. This is a strange occurrence on its own, but happening so close to the purported end-of-the-world on December 21st, 2012, is hopefully just coincidence.
Astronomers aren't exactly sure what Hall's telescope caught. It could have been a meteor or a comet hitting the planet. You can see the impact, and a white flare from the explosion for about two seconds. This might make you wonder what else sky-watchers would catch if they observed Jupiter more often, and you would be right. Astronomer Don Garland said that there are always things crashing into Jupiter, but hardly ever are they captured on video. So, no sign of the end of the world then.
George Hall has the only video of the event on the surface of the planet Jupiter, and he posted it online for all to see. The video, which is on Flickr.com, has already gotten over 600,000 views.
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