Earlier this year, amateur astronomers were the first to detect objects about10 metres in diameter crashing into Jupiter, rather than major astronomical and space organisations such as NASA. In fact, scientists were unaware that objects that small could be detected. While the significance of these events is that the impact rate of objects of sizes about 10 metres diameter on Jupiiter is approximately 1 few times a month instead of once a decade for Earth, another important point to note is that even amateur astronomers have much to offer to the scientific community. Everyone can play a part in discovering something new in the big, big universe we live in.
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