Shoemaker-Levy 9 - Hubble Space Telescope

Evolution of the brightest region of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9

Shoemaker-Levy 9
Hubble Space Telescope images showing the evolution of 4 fragments, known as the "Gang of Four," of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9. The first image was taken 1 July 1993. The second image, taken 24 January 1994 shows separation between the two brightest fragments and also the faint fragments. Finally, on 30 March 1994, the faintest fragment is barely visible and the second faintest fragment has split into two. The fragments impacted Jupiter 16-22 July 1994. (HST, STcI-PR94-21)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1993-07-01 to 1994-03-30
Distance/Range (km): 660,000,000.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
Orbit(s): N/A

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: global view
Instrument: HST Wide-Field Planetary Camera 2
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 800 x 800, 8 bit
Instrument Field of View (deg): 0.0097 x 0.0097
Filter: N/A
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: STcI-PR94-21
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A

Updated 18 March 2003, DRW.