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Paper by Rob Landis



The Ulysses spacecraft is in a high inclination orbit relative to the ecliptic plane, which will carry it under the south pole of the Sun in September 1994. Its payload includes sensitive radio receivers that may be able to observe both the immediate consequences of the collisions of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 fragments with Jupiter and the long-term effects on the Jovian magnetosphere. Ulysses will be 2.5 AU (375 million km) south of Jupiter at the time of impact and will also have a direct line of sight to the impact point. From this position the Ulysses unified radio and plasma wave (URAP) experiment will monitor radio emissions between 1 and 940 KHz, sweeping through the spectrum approximately every 2 minutes. URAP will be able to detect radio emissions down to 10^14 ergs. There are no imaging experiments on Ulysses.

This was exerpted from a paper titled "Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy's Collision with Jupiter: Covering HST's Planned Observations from Your Planetarium". To see the entire paper, click here.