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MSSSO Image of Fragment G Impact


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This image were obtained on the Australian National University 2.3 m telescope at Siding Spring Observatory near Coonabarabran, Australia, using the CASPIR near-infrared array camera. The camera uses a 256x256 InSb detector manufactured by the Santa Barbara Research Center. The observations were made with a scale of 0.25"/pixel. North is up and east to the left in all images.

The intense impact flash was recorded at 2.34 microns at UT 07:46:17. We estimate the saturated image was very roughly -2 to -5 mag at 2.34 microns, based solely on the intensity of the diffraction spikes and our experience with the camera.

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