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Kitt Peak National Observatory


Kitt Peak National Observatory

At the 4-meter Mayall telescope of Kitt Peak, near Tuscon, Ariz., scientists will use infrared spectroscopic observations to study how the atmosphere of Jupiter changes as the comet impacts. Because of the perturbation of Jupiter's atmosphere, otherwise rare and previously undetected molecules will help scientists understand physical processes that occur during the impact. The 2.1-meter telescope on Kitt Peak will be used by Planetary Science Institute and Kitt Peak astronomers to study the size distribution of Shoemaker-Levy 9 fragments. By observing flash reflections from sunlit and eclipsed satellites, the observers hope to determine how the history of the comet led to its current configuration of many small pieces.

Public Affairs contact:
Emma Hardesty
(602) 325-9204
Karie Meyers
(602) 325-9202 voice; 9360 fax.

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