Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 - Hubble Space Telescope

Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 fragment G impact site on Jupiter

Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
Hubble Space Telescope image of Jupiter showing the impact site of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 fragment G. The image was taken on 18 July 1994 about an hour and 45 minutes after the impact. The impact site is the dark round area below and right of the center of the frame, at about 45 S latitude. Note the asymmetry of the circular features. The fragments of Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacted Jupiter at about 60 km/s and left traces in the atmosphere which could be observed for many weeks. Jupiter has a diameter of 140,000 km and north is at 10:00. (HST, SL9G-5)
Full resolution size: 154K

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1994-07-18 T 09:19
Distance/Range (km): 860,000,000.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
Orbit(s): N/A

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: clouds, impact site
Instrument: Hasselblad Camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC-2)
Instrument Field of View (deg): 512 x 512, 8 Bit
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: HST-SL9G-5
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): XD-12A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A


[NASA Logo] Authors/Curators:

Dave Williams,, (301) 286-1258
Code 690.1, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

Jay Friedlander,, (301) 286-7172
Code 612.4, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

NASA Official: Ed Grayzeck,

Last updated: 24 September 2015