IUE observations of the impact of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter

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The impact of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 fragments with Jupiter provided an unprecedented opportunity to observe a rare cosmic event: the collision of several large objects with a planetary atmosphere. The IUE effort for this event extended from 1 June to 15 August, 1994 including a pre-impact baseline observing program and a search for short term evolution of the impact regions. The data archive includes observations of the photochemical and aerosol evolution of several impact sites, the detection of non-thermal auroral-like emission associated with the K, P2, and S impact events, temporal monitoring of the Jovian aurora, and observations the Io plasma torus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-44
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Issue number413
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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