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Effect on Jupiters atmosphere of comet impacts


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Effect on Jupiters atmosphere of comet impacts

Comet Shoemaker-Levy impact on Jupiter, July 1994. Artists impression of the effect on the atmosphere of Jupiter of the impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. A faint atmospheric wave is seen at lower centre, spreading from the site of a 1km diameter comet fragment impact. Other impacts have disrupted the cloud belts and atmosphere so much that the planet no longer appears as a spheroid. Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 was broken into 22 major fragments by Jupiter during a close encounter in July 1992. The comets orbit was altered such that the fragments are expected to hit Jupiter on 18-24 July 1994. Post-impact observations are expected to reveal much about Jupiters atmosphere

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This print showcases the mesmerizing effect of comet impacts on Jupiter's atmosphere. Created by an artist, it depicts the aftermath of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 colliding with the gas giant in July 1994. At the lower center of the image, a faint atmospheric wave can be observed emanating from the impact site where a fragment of this 1km diameter comet struck. The powerful collisions caused by other fragments have disrupted Jupiter's cloud belts and atmosphere to such an extent that its familiar spheroid shape is no longer recognizable. The sheer force unleashed during these impacts has transformed the planet into a celestial canvas, displaying nature's artistic prowess. Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 had been shattered into 22 major fragments during a close encounter with Jupiter in July 1992, altering their trajectory to collide with the planet two years later. Scientists eagerly anticipated post-impact observations as they held great promise for unraveling secrets about Jupiter's enigmatic atmosphere. This awe-inspiring photograph not only highlights the scientific significance but also captures our imagination regarding cosmic phenomena. It serves as a reminder of how even distant celestial bodies can profoundly influence each other and offers us a glimpse into the vastness and complexity of our universe.

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