It was widely speculated that comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
may have been the origin of this water, but direct proof was missing.
With wife Carolyn, he discovered about 20 comets, including Shoemaker-Levy 9
, which slammed into Jupiter in 1994.
When scientists observed the impacts of the pieces of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
on Jupiter in July, 1994, they said that the impact of a fragmented comet could never happen here on Earth because the Earth's gravitational field is too weak to break a comet into pieces," notes David Rowley, associate professor in geophysical sciences, University of Chicago (Ill.
Of more concern from an omen standpoint was the Shoemaker-Levy 9
asteroid that smashed into Jupiter a few years back, Wilson said.
Levy is a world-renowned author and discoverer of comets, most notably Shoemaker-Levy 9
, which collided with Jupiter in 1994.
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.
Scientists traced a similar structure in Jupiter's rings--spied by the Galileo probe--to debris littered by comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
as it crashed into that planet in 1994.
Evidently this was a 'small' impact, similar to the smallest fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
1994 Photographs the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
crashing into 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.
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.