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Background Material for Science Teachers JULY 1994 -- Periodic Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Collides with Jupiter

Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with Jupiter in July 1994. From this historic event, scientists learned more about comets, Jupiter, and the physics of high velocity planetary impacts.


Main Contents:

1. What Is a Comet?
2. The Motion of Comets
3. The Fragmentation of Comets
4. The Discovery and Early Study of Shoemaker-Levy 9
5. The Planet Jupiter


A. Comparative Tables
B. The K-T Event
C. The Probability of Collisions with Earth


Hypertext version by Calvin J. Hamilton

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