Release 56 of 57

Hubble Space Telescope view of a Comet on a Collision Course with Jupiter

Release date: Feb 8, 1994 11:00 AM (EST)
Release type: American Astronomical Society Meeting

These images of Comet P/Shoemaker- Levy 9 (1993e) fragments were made by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The cometary chunks are expected to plunge into Jupiter's atmosphere in July 1994. The comet was torn into numerous pieces by the massive planet's gravitational pull as it passed by Jupiter in summer 1992.