Planned obsolescence be damned! The Hubble Space Telescope might be experiencing a little professional jealousy with all the oohs and aahs elicited by new kid on the block Herschel. But ol’ Hubble is still kicking, and today it sent home the best photographs so far of the Earth sized scar left on Jupiter by the recent impact of what most scientists are theorizing is a small comet or a large asteroid.

Pretty gnarly, huh? Luckily, at two and a half times the mass of every other planet in the solar system combined, Jupiter can hold it’s own. The recent collision has brought attention to the fact that our solar system still has plenty of x-factors floating around out there, any one of which could wipe out life on Earth. That’s the bad news. The good news is there’s not a damned thing we could do about it, so it’s really not worth worrying about.

So instead of fretting about the potential for the death of the world at the hands of an enormous floating mass of dust, ice and rock, just thank Jupiter for being out there, manning up and taking one for the team. And sleep tight.

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