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SPIREX Images of Fragment L Impact


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Fragment L of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 slams into Jupiter near the still glowing remnant of the older K impact. In the upper left frame, only the K site is visible. The images were taken starting (top left) at 22:11 UT on July 19 (5:11 p.m. Chicago time). Subsequent images were taken at 22:20, 22:27, 22:39, 22:44 and 22:59 UT.

These near infrared images were taken with the South Pole Infrared Explorer (SPIREX), a 24 inch telescope at the south pole. SPIREX team members are Mark Hereld, Hien Nguyen, Bernard Rauscher, and Scott Severson.

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