Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9: No effect on the Io plasma torus
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
Copyright 1995 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 22, Issue 13, pages 1833–1835, 1 July 1995
How to Cite
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 FEB 1995
- Manuscript Received: 15 AUG 1994
Observations of the Io plasma torus made before, during, and after the impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter reveal no comet-induced changes. Three weeks of high spectral-resolution ground-based visible spectroscopy show no changes larger than typical day-to-day variations in the torus densities, ion temperatures, or rotation velocities. Comparison with six months of identically obtained data from 1991 and 1992 also shows no differences.