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News Release 925 of 1039

July 17, 1994 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1994-30

Hubble Sees Comet Fireball on Limb of Jupiter


Image: Hubble Sees Comet Fireball on Limb of Jupiter

Hubble Sees Comet Fireball on Limb of JupiterSTScI-PRC1994-30

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Sequence of images showing evidence for a plume near the terminator of Jupiter at the time of the A impact. A bright feature appears 1000-1500 km above the limb of Jupiter at 20:18:17 in the 953 nm filter. (An image at 20:15:17 did not show a detached feature). A possible interpretation is that the feature is visible by reflected sunlight, and the apparent detachment is due to the shadow of Jupiter on the plume. During the temporal sequence from top to bottom, spreading of the feature is clearly resolved. The feature is visible at wavelengths ranging from the ultraviolet through the near infrared.

Object Names: Jupiter, Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9

Image Type: Astronomical/Illustration

Credit: HST Jupiter Imaging Science Team