Huh, I wonder what unidentified object hit Jupiter.
Happening in the World: On Monday, astronomer José Luis Pereira captured a telescope image of an object hitting Jupiter. The European Space Agency (ESA) said that while the object was unknown, it was likely large and/or moving fast—which caused the bright flash Pereira was able to spot. Scientists are currently reviewing the footage and data to discern what this object was. However, Jupiter is well-accustomed to these impacts with the most recent being in August of 2019. Others occurred in 2018, 2016, 2012, 2010, and 2009, with the most famous impact being the comet Shoemaker-Levy in June of 1994. (Forbes)
Happening in the US: A magnitude 4.3 earthquake struck Southern California Friday night, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The earthquake was felt widely in the Los Angeles area, as well as surrounding cities. Luckily, there have been no early reports of injuries due to the quake, but the LAPD has enacted their Earthquake Emergency Mode, where fire department vehicles and helicopters survey the surrounding area for possible damage. (CNN)
Happening in NYC: The MTA estimates that they have incurred up to $100 million in damages during Tropical Storm Ida—which hit NYC earlier this month. Currently, the agency is seeking relief funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The MTA interim Chairman and CEO Janno Lieber announced that the MTA will be working with the city to identify most flood-prone stations to figure out how to make them more resilient. There are also plans to amendments to the MTA’s capital plan to include these measures, however, Lieber admits it might take up to a year to get these approved. (Gothamist)
Happening in Our Community: On Wednesday, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) is holding a talk for ClimateWeekNYC titled “Code Red: Vulnerability to Extreme Heat, Floods, and Displacement.” This lecture will discuss the current impacts of climate change on different groups and mapping humanities present and future vulnerabilities to understand adaptation and resilience. The event will happen on Zoom from 2 pm to 3:15 pm, which you can register for as a guest or with your UNI. (Columbia Events)
Documentary of the Week: Any Youtube video by Mina Le.
look at how pretty Jupiter’s atmosphere is!! via Bwog Archives