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SPIREX Image of Fragment G Impact


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Fragment G of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collides with Jupiter. This picture was taken by the South Pole Infrared Explorer (SPIREX). This brilliant explosion remnant appears to be vastly more powerful than any other impact we have seen in near infrared light so far. These observations were performed by University of Chicago Astrophysicists Mark Hereld, Hien Nguyen (at South Pole), Bernard J. Rauscher, and Scott A. Severson.

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