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15th Anniversary of Comet Hitting Jupiter

16 Jul 2009, 19:06 UTC
15th Anniversary of Comet Hitting Jupiter R. Evans, J. Trauger, H. Hammel and the HST Comet Science Team and NASA/ESA
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It was 15 years ago today that comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 made history when it began a series of impacts with the giant planet Jupiter. Over 20 separate chunks of the comet spread out in space individually collided with Jupiter over a period of a week.

It was the first time in human history we saw a comet collide with a planet.

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