This mid-infrared composite image was obtained with the Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, 22 July at ~13:30 UT with the Michelle mid-infrared spectrograph/imager. The impact site is the bright yellow spot at the center bottom of Jupiter's disk. The image was constructed from two images: one at 8.7 micron (blue) and one at 9.7 micron (yellow). The excellent quality of the Gemini images reveals that the morphology of this new impact bears a striking resemblance to that of the larger impact sites seen after the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 crashed into Jupiter in 1994.
Imke de Pater, Berkeley/H Hammel, Space Science Ins/T Rector, Univ of Alaska/AURA