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Scientific Astronomer: Jupiter-Comet Collision 16-22 July 1994

Terry Robb
Organization: RMIT University
Department: Department of Mathematics

Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 will collide with Jupiter in 21 separate impacts between 16 and 22 July 1994. The JupiterImpact.nb notebook includes an animation of one of the impact fragments that will occur when the moon Europa is in eclipse from the Sun, but still visible from Earth. The animation shows the position of the four Galilean moons, along with the correct position of the Great Red Spot and other cloud features during the period of the comet impact. With good binoculars you should be able to see the four Galilean moons orbiting Jupiter, and with a good telescope you should be able to see the cloud features on Jupiter. The path of the comet, along with the impact site is also shown in the animation.

*Science > Astronomy
*Wolfram Technology > Application Packages > Wolfram Research Applications > Scientific Astronomer

Packages, Jupiter, Comet collision, astronomy, orbital mechanics, planetarium.m, Comet, P/Shoemaker-Levy 9, Shoemaker Levy 9, Graphics, applied mathematics, physics, scientific astronomer, Galileian moons
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