The Collision of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter
Author: Levy D.H.
Source: Space Science Reviews, Volume 85, Numbers 3-4, August 1998 , pp. 523-545(23)
The discovery of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 in March 1993 opened an extraordinary few years in the study of the history of impacts in the solar system. This review paper offers a background that attempts to set the events of 1993 and 1994 into a historical context, and describes events leading to the discovery and the mounting of a unique and unprecedented international effort to observe the comet's collision with Jupiter. A selection of the results is presented to explore how the fate of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 has affected scientific and popular understanding of impacts in the solar system.
Document Type: Regular paper
Publication date: 1998-08-01