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Jupiter and comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, HST

Jupiter and comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, HST

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NASA, ESA, H. WEAVER AND E. SMITH (STSCI) AND J. TRAUGER AND R. EVANS (NASA'S JET PROPULSION LABORATORY) / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NASA, ESA, H. WEAVER AND E. SMITH (STSCI) AND J. TRAUGER AND R. EVANS (NASA'S JET PROPULSION LABORATORY) / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Jupiter and comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. Composite image showing Jupiter (upper centre) and fragments of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 (bright dots). Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 was discovered on 24th March 24 1993. It was the first comet to be observed orbiting a planet rather than the sun. The effect of Jupiter's tidal forces had already torn the comet apart and eventually the fragments collided with Jupiter between 16-22nd July 1994. Imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope, in 1994.

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