Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Update


Several of the telescopes at the Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona, are attempting to observe the impact of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter during the period July 16 through July 22. July is the beginning of the Tucson summer ``monsoon'' season so it does not lend itself to the best observing conditions, unfortunately. But as some data arrive at these telescopes we will make them available to the community for viewing.

At this time only a little data have been taken by these observers since the impact of fragment A on July 16, due to poor weather conditions at KPNO.

Comet Pictures

List of impact times

The 20 larger fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 are impacting Jupiter from July 16 to July 22. The following impact times for the Tucson area are predicted by Chodas and Yeomans (JPL/Caltech).

Fragment July MST
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A = 21   16  13:00
B = 20   16  19:54
C = 19   17  00:02  
D = 18   17  04:47
E = 17   17  08:06
F = 16   17  17:29
G = 15   18  00:29
H = 14   18  12:26
K = 12   19  03:19
L = 11   19  15:09
N = 9    20  03:20
P2= 8b   20  08:12
Q2= 7b   20  12:32
Q1= 7a   20  12:59
R = 6    20  22:26
S = 5    21  08:10
T = 4    21  11:04
U = 3    21  14:49
V = 2    21  21:17
W = 1    22  00:58

Further information

More detailed information about the comet along with pictures from observatories around the world can be seen by connecting to the University of Oregon.

Pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope are available through the Space Telescope Science Institute , although this link is often busy - try at a less busy time of the day if you can not get through.


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