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July 14, 1995
Comet Impacts on Jupiter
Picture Credit: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope
In July of 1994, pieces of
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9,
also known as the
"string of pearls" comet,
collided with the planet Jupiter. As the comet fragments smashed in to
Jupiter, the resulting explosions scattered large quantities of dusty
cometary debris into the Jovian atmosphere. The clouds of debris created
the multiple dark smudges visible in this picture. Jupiter's rotation
causes the successive impact sites to be strung out along the cloud
bands while the strong winds cause the appearance of the smudges to
change with time. Jupiter's famous
is also visible to the left of centre.
Tomorrow's picture: The Crater Chain
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