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IRTF Color Image of Fragment Q & R Impacts


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This is a 2.07 micron image of Jupiter taken on the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, Mauna Kea, Hawaii, at 08:54 on July 21, 1994. The image was taken in a four second exposure using the IRTF's facility near infrared camera, NSFCAM.

Io, the closest of the jovian moons, can be seen crossing the planet in the northwest of the image (top right). The Great Red Spot is visible in the south east of the planet.

At the collision latitudes, the impact due to Fragment Q is just setting on the west. Just to the east of it, the R Fragment impact site shows up very brightly. Another four impact sites form a chain of spots behind R (N.B there is an additional fainter spot which may not be clearly visible).

Steve Miller and Mark Shure for the NASA IRTF Comet Science Team

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