Planets and Moons  ID: 3636

Hubble Space Telescope Observes the Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 Collision with Jupiter

From July 16 through July 22, 1994, pieces of an object designated as Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with Jupiter. This is the first collision of two solar system bodies ever to be observed, and the effects of the comet impacts on Jupiter's atmosphere have been simply spectacular and beyond expectations. Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 consisted of at least 21 discernable fragments with diameters estimated at up to 2 kilometers.

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Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Tom Bridgman (GST): Animator
Victoria Weeks (HTSI): Video Editor
Michael Starobin (HTSI): Producer
Amy A. Simon (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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Data Used:
Wide-Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) was installed in Dec 1993 and used to obtain high resolution images of astronomical objects. This camera was removed in the last servicing mission so it is no longer in service.
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