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Shoemaker-Levy impact sites

Shoemaker-Levy impact sites

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Caption

This is a NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the impact sites of fragments ''D'' and ''G'' from Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 which collided with the giant planet Jupiter. The picture has been image processed to correct for the curvature of the disk of Jupiter, so that the spot appears flat, as if the viewer were hovering directly overhead. The large feature was created by the impact of comet fragment ''G'' which impacted Jupiter on July 18, 1994. The smaller feature to the left was created on July 17, by the impact of comet fragment ''D''.

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