It was widely speculated that comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
may have been the origin of this water, but direct proof was missing.
In 1994, we were all spell bound as the 21 pieces of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
smashed into Jupiter leaving Earth-sized black "eyes.
Hubble spies "bruises" on Jupiter's surface from fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
as the comet slams into the planet.
David Levy, one of the discoverers of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
, and Don Yeomans of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory also will participate in the discussion, said Caltech spokeswoman Stephanie Zeluck.
As Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
races toward its mid-July collision with the planet Jupiter, considerable public attention is being focused on catastrophic impacts with the Earth--in the past and in the future.
Topping off Discover Astronomy is a full-screen Photo Gallery, which features stunning full-color astro-photographs of fascinating astronomical phenomenon, such as the doomed comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
, the Horsehead Nebula, and Voyager 2 photos of Saturn and Neptune.
During the crossing, icy and rocky debris in the belt could crash into the planet's atmosphere and create the type of cosmic fireworks seen when Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
crashed into Jupiter.
The evidence for an asteroid comes in part from comparing Hubble images of the 2009 impact site with those Hubble took in 1994, when comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
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.
So if you then move out beyond Mars you get to Jupiter - the planet recently hit by Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
Most recently, the power of a planetary collision was captured by an unmanned space probe that sent back pictures of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
hitting Jupiter's atmosphere, exploding in fiery showers.
Jupiter's ripple-producing culprit was comet Shoemaker-Levy 9