Jupiter Mapping Traces Changes in Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 Impact Sites

This series of color-composite maps of Jupiter, assembled from images taken with NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, allows astronomers to trace changes in the dark impact sites that resulted from the July 1994 impact of comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 with the giant planet. Through computer imageprocessing, researchers "peel" the atmosphere of Jupiter off its globe and spread it flat into a map. These cylindrical projections show the entire atmosphere of Jupiter in one map. The HST's images show clearly that dark material produced in the comet explosion has continued to spread in Jupiter's atmosphere. However, the "band" of dark material is still clumpy, which suggests that the major impact sites are still localized and, so, can still be identified.

Top:A pre-impact mosaic of Jupiter taken 15 July 1994 shows complex atmospheric features, zones, belts, and cells that are normal for Jupiter's dynamic weather system.

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NASA & ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9447a
Type:Collage
Release date:29 September 1994, 05:00
Size:2400 x 3000 px

About the Object

Name:Jupiter, Shoemaker-Levy 9
Type:• Solar System : Planet : Type : Gas Giant
• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet
• X - Solar System Images/Videos

Colours & filters

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Optical
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Hubble Space Telescope
Optical
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Hubble Space Telescope
Optical
R
Hubble Space Telescope

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