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Owens Valley Radio Observatory Observing Plans for Comet Shoemaker-Levy


Duane Muhleman, Professor of Planetary Science, Caltech

Muhleman will be working at Caltech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO) with research fellow Tony Phillips and graduate student Mark Gurwell. The trio will be observing near the 3-millimeter wavelength, looking for aftereffects of the impact. This radio wavelength allows them to see what's happening dozens of kilometers below the tops of the visible clouds, at a level where disturbances caused by the comet are likely to be noticeable. Based on their observations, Muhleman hopes to make a good estimate of the size of the disturbance and of how much energy went into creating it.

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