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Dust Particles Impacting Jupiter Now



July 8, 1994

Zdenek Sekanina, Paul Chodas and Don Yeomans (JPL/Caltech) have called attention to the fact that, according to their models, cometary particles (dust) from comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 should now begin to interact with Jupiter. Some of the outermost dust particles in the impressive dust fan, first seen on the now famous March 30, 1993, image by Jim Scotti have already swung past the planet, but others are just now entering the magnetosphere and may cause disturbances in the radio emissions from Jupiter.

These radio emissions are being actively monitored by large radio telescopes on the ground (South Africa, Australia, India, Ukraine, and other countries) as well as by the Ulysses and Voyager 2 spacecraft.

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