Giant ‘scar’ on Jupiter spotted by amateur stargazer evidence of incompetent scientists?

July 21, 2009 / No Comments

Scientists get a lot of respect. Well deserved for the most part.

There are lots of people around me who are. Extremely knowledgeable folk. You can’t swing a dead cat at my church without hitting a PhD and we have less than 50 people in the building.

My son is going to be a scientist – grad school, physiology and so on.

Even with all the scientists, professional and otherwise, astronomer-types, an amateur stargazer was the one who found the  ‘scar’ on Jupiter.

jupiter hit by asteroid Giant scar on Jupiter spotted by amateur stargazer evidence of incompetent scientists?

The guess is a  large comet or asteroid has slammed into Jupiter. It created a hole the size of Earth. And if Earth doesn’t clean up its act, we are likely to get sucked into that hold.

The pictures were taken by an Australian amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley, 44.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Wesley did find what he said he found.

More details here.

The find on a backyard 14.5-inch reflecting telescope stunned the astronomy world.

I am stunned that the professional astronomers are stunned!

Scientists say the impact will last only days more. Where’s it going to go?

I want to know what Anthony Wesley thinks caused the scar.

My guess…the ‘real’ scientists don’t know.

In fact just because folk say they know it doesn’t always mean they know (including me, of course!).

Just because folk are supposed to know, doesn’t mean they know. And that includes scientists!