Comet Shoemaker-Levy


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Comet Shoemaker-Levy

[¦käm·ət ¦shü‚māk·ər ′lē·vē]
(astronomy)
A comet that was torn apart by an encounter with Jupiter in 1992, and whose pieces collided with Jupiter over a period of a few days around July 22, 1994.
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Only Herschel was able to provide the sensitive spectral imaging needed to find the missing link between Jupiter's water and the 1994 impact of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9," Thibault Cavalie of the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux, lead author of the paper said.
These include dust storms on Mars, remnants of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 crashing into Jupiter with the force of a million atomic bombs, atmospheres of distant giant gas planets, stellar births, black holes and stars on the furthest edge of the universe.
The codiscoverer of Jupiter-colliding Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 explores the science and mystique of comets.
Hubble spies "bruises" on Jupiter's surface from fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 as the comet slams into the planet.
She was delighted when she was able to witness the impact that the comet Shoemaker-Levy made when it collided with Jupiter.
For example, last July, fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with Jupiter in a rare celestial event that lived up to the expectations of astronomers.
In the most famous example, Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9's "string of pearls" resulted from the nucleus of a comet that flew inside Jupiter's Roche limit and was ripped apart by gravitational stresses.
Jupiter's ripple-producing culprit was comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.
The picture is a composite of images showing fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 heading toward Jupiter.
Credited, with his wife, for the discovery of about 20 comets and 800 asteroids, Mr Shoemaker gained worldwide fame as a co-discoverer of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which crashed into Jupiter in 1994.
Unlike Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which crashed into Jupiter in July 1994, Hale-Bopp will not collide with any planets.
So if you then move out beyond Mars you get to Jupiter - the planet recently hit by Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.