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July 7, 1994 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1994-26

Photo Illustration of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 & Planet Jupiter

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Image: Panoramic Picture of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9

Panoramic Picture of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9STScI-PRC1994-26c

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A NASA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image of comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9, taken on May 17, 1994, with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) in wide field mode.

When the comet was observed, its train of 21 icy fragments stretched across 710 thousand miles (1.1 million km) of space, or 3 times the distance between Earth and the Moon. This required 6 WFPC exposures spaced along the comet train to include all the nuclei. The image was taken in red light.

The comet was approximately 410 million miles (660 million km) from Earth when the picture was taken, on a mid4uly collision course with the gas giant planet Jupiter.

Object Name: Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, ESA, and H. Weaver and E. Smith (STScI)

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Montage Image: Photo Illustration of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 & Planet Jupiter Image Type: Astronomical/Illustration Photo Illustration of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 & Planet JupiterPRC1994-26a Artist's Concept The Giant Planet Jupiter Image Type: Astronomical The Giant Planet JupiterPRC1994-26b

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