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July 21, 1994 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1994-33

Color Hubble Image of Large Comet Impact on Jupiter

July 21, 1994: This Hubble telescope image of the giant planet Jupiter reveals the impact sites of two fragments from comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. Twenty-one large chunks of the comet rained down upon Jupiter in July 1994.

The impact sites, located in the planet's Southern Hemisphere, are the dark spots in the upper left of the photograph.


Credit: H. Hammel, MIT and NASA