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Calar Alto Images of Fragment A Impact


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Short Description of the A Sequence

This sequence of 100 images shows the A impact of 16 July 1994. These images were taken at the German-Spanish 3.5 meter telescope on Calar Alto in southern Spain, using MAGIC, the near infrared camera of the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astronomie in Heidelberg, Germany.

The bright object to the right of Jupiter is the innermost Galilean moon, Io, and the fainter oval structure in the southern hemisphere is the Great Red Spot. The polar caps appear bright at the wavelength of the observations, 2.3 um, which was selected to maximize contrast between the impact region and the jovian cloud deck.

Picture Credits:

Tom Herbst, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astronomie, Heidelberg, Doug Hamilton, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Heidelberg, Hermann Boehnhardt, Universitaets-Sternewarte, Muenchen, and Jose Luis Ortiz Moreno, Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia, Granada.

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