Hubble Shows Evolution of Ejecta from the "A" Comet Impact Site
February 5, 2005
This series of images, which spans more than five days beginning at 5:33 p.m. EDT on July 16, 1994, was obtained with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 using the methane filter that reveals details in Jupiter's higher atmosphere. These images show the development of the ejecta from site A, formed by the impact of the first fragment of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9. Frames b-f were obtained 19.5, 59.6, 90.4, 109.5, and 129.5 hours later than frame a respectively. Frames a, c, and e are seen near the edge of the planet where the viewing angle enhances bright cloud structure, while frames b, d, and f are viewed more face on.
Topics: Impact events, Hubble Space Telescope, Jupiter, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Methane, Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, Comet, Science