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February 8, 1994 11:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1994-13

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

An American Astronomical Society Meeting Release

February 8, 1994: 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.

Photo Credit: Dr. H.A. Weaver & T.E. Smith (STScI), NASA