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Comet Shoemaker-Levy Add-on

In July 1994, Jupiter was struck by over twenty fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy. This was the first observed collision of a comet with a planetary body. The event was widely monitored and captured by many ground-based observatories, as well as the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). HST acquired a series of images in July and August that follow the evolution of the impact sites.

The Shoemaker-Levy Add-on for NASA World Wind displays the HST observations in a series of four images. These include Jupiter before the collision and for several weeks after impact.

 

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Comet Shoemaker-Levy
Comet Shoemaker-Levy
Comet Shoemaker-Levy
impacts on Jupiter.
 
Comet Shoemaker-Levy
Close-up of the impact area.