‘Comet’ Remains on collision course with Jupiter


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A string of celestial bodies that is rapidly descending on a collision course with Jupiter presents a unique research opportunity in space science: for the first time ever, scientists will be preparing to observe such an impact more than a few seconds in advance.

And study it they will. Observation telescopes in more than twenty countries and about six spacecraft, including the Galileo and Hubble Space Telescope, will have lenses focused on Jupiter from July 16–22, when the current twenty-one segments of the heavenly body, known as Periodic Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, are anticipated to crash into the Jovian atmosphere.