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These two new near-infrared images show the huge effect that the multiple fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 has left on Jupiter, as the so-called `string of pearls' was wrapped around the planet like a necklace. These images were taken on 25 July 1994, several days after the last major fragment hit Jupiter, and the longevity of the comet impact sites continues to surprise astronomers. At the time of writing, we have not yet been able to decipher which of the multiple impact sites is which.
The first image was taken in the 1.7 micron methane band to enhance the contrast between the impact sites and the Jovian atmosphere. The image was taken at 22:37 UT on 25 July 1994.
The second image was taken in the 2.3 micron methane band, also used to enhance the contrast between the impact sites and the Jovian atmosphere. The image was taken at 22:31 UT on 25 July 1994.
Both images were taken using the near-infrared camera MAGIC on the 3.5-m telescope of the German-Spanish Calar Alto Observatory in southern Spain.
Observers at Calar Alto: Tom Herbst, Kurt Birkle, Ulrich Thiele (Max-Plack-Institut fuer Astronomie, Heidelberg, Germany) Doug Hamilton (Max-Plack-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Heidelberg, Germany) Hermann Boenhardt, Alex Fiedler, Karl-Heinz Mantel (Universitaets Sternwarte Muenchen, Germany) Jose Luis Ortiz (Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia, Granada, Spain) Giovanni Calamai, Andrea Richichi (Osservatorio di Arcetri, Firenze, Italy) Contact: Mark McCaughrean, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astronomie Koenigstuhl 17, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany Phone: (49) 6221 528 303 FAX: (49) 6221 528 246 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (Internet)
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