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#84: Dear Liza, Now There's a Hole in Jupiter

A comet or asteroid had slams into Jupiter with the force of 2 billion tons of TNT, blowing a giant hole in the clouds over the gas giant.

By Andrew GrantDec 20, 2009 12:00 AM
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NASA, ESA and H. Hammel (Space Science Institute, Boulder Colorado) | NULL

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On July 19, 15 years after the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet slammed into Jupiter, Australian amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley noticed a dark spot near the planet’s south pole that resembled marks he had seen after the 1994 crash. NASA scientists took a closer look and concluded that another comet or asteroid had slammed into Jupiter with the force of 2 billion tons of TNT. The Hubble Space Telescope snapped this photo four days later, showing an enigmatic cloud spread out by Jupiter’s turbulent atmosphere.

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