Shoemaker-Levy 9


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Shoemaker-Levy 9

(ˈʃuːˌmeɪkə liːvaɪ)
n
(Celestial Objects) a comet that was captured into an orbit around Jupiter and later broke up, the fragments colliding with Jupiter in July 1995
[C20: after Carolyn Shoemaker (born 1929), Eugene Shoemaker (1928–97), and David Levy (born 1948), US astronomers, who discovered the orbiting fragments]
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In July 1994, Galileo also witnessed the collision of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter, the first observation of such an impact as it occurred on any planet besides Earth.
Which planet was hit by the fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, in 1994?
This was followed by the fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 colliding with Jupiter in 1994.
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The planet Jupiter is hit by large fragments of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.
In July 1994, Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 plowed into Jupiter, producing dark scars in the giant planet's atmosphere that were visible for weeks.
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Mark Boslough, a physicist at Sandia National Laboratories, led a team which predicted that when the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with Jupiter in 1994 the plumes of the collision would be visible on Earth.
The ripple-producing culprit, in the case of Jupiter, was comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, whose debris cloud hurtled through the thin Jupiter ring system during a kamikaze course into the planet in July 1994.
And evidence of long-ago collisions between Earth and immense extraterrestrial objects, as well as the spectacular impact of the disintegrating remnants of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet with Jupiter, demonstrated that the universe, far from being a serene, unchanging realm, as observers had once believed, could transform in an instant.
Which planet in our solar system was hit by parts of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 in 1994?
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