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Comet Crash
See a defenseless gas giant get pelted while astronomers just sit by and WATCH.


Billions of years ago, the young planets withstood a steady rain of rock and ice as they slowly assembled from a disk of debris orbiting the Sun. The shower has since let up, but occasionally a big strike occurs.

A series of such events occurred July 16-22, 1994, when 21 fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 plunged into Jupiter, exploding with the force of millions of nuclear bombs.

 

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