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An asteroid or comet has slammed into Jupiter, giving the King of Planets a black eye, reports an amateur astronomer.

Australia's Anthony Wesley reported the dark spot last night, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirms the impact.

"I never expected I'd get to see something like this," says JPL's Leigh Fletcher to Science magazine.

The dark spot on Jupiter's south polar region resembles a medium-sized impact from the 1994 crash of the Comet Shoemaker-Levy onto the planet.

Astronomer Harold Weaver of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland estimates the size of the impact culprit at less than a third-of-a-mile in width.

Astronomers worldwide are mobilizing for a better look at the dark spot.By Dan Vergano
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