Dark impact scars of comet fragments hitting Jupiter

Dark impact scars of comet fragments hitting Jupiter

Fig. 13.3 . This Hubble Space Telescope image shows several dark spots (right) on Jupiter, each marking the impact site of a fragment of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. The Earth-sized scars remained visible for about five months, until the winds in Jupiterís outer atmosphere pulled them apart. A thin expanding ring of dark material, suggesting waves spreading out from the impact explosion, surrounded some of the dark central spots. Jupiterís Great Red Spot is also prominent, as it has been for centuries. (Courtesy of NASA/STScI.)

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