comet shoemaker levy 9

Your fave is problematic:  Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
  • this comet was discovered in 1993 and got real famous real quick because she was a real drama queen when she found her end
    • she got her name from her discoverers: Carolyn and Eugene Shoemaker and David Levy
  • a few moments after her discovery, Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 smashed into our beloved planet Jupiter, producing scars that were visible from Earth even with small telescopes
  • this strike was, in fact, the first direct observation of an extraterrestrial collision of Solar System objects ever and completely blew astronomers’ minds
  • she was captured by Jupiter’s gravity around 1966 and the comet was orbiting Jupiter for then on, and later was destined to eventually smash into it
  • astronomers calculated when this crash would happen, and they correctly set the date for July 16 to 22, 1994
    • even the Hubble Space Telescope was repositioned to observe the collision, however spacecraft Galileo got the best view on it
  • this rude ass comet scared Jupiter for months from its several different collisions, having scars that were more easily visible than the Great Red Spot
  • summary: 11/10, a ruthless comet not afraid to hit a bitch, will fight for herself, tho also an excellent study buddy for the science

Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport

The Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport is a small public use airstrip about five miles south of Green River, Wyoming on a mountain known as South Hill. It opened in 1963.

On July 5, 1994 Resolution R94-23 of the Green River city council designated this landing field as the “Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport”, for inhabitants of Jupiter who might wish to take sanctuary in Green River in the event their planet is threatened by collisions from comets or meteors, in apparent reference to the contemporary Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 impact. It is presumed that no spacecraft have used the spaceport, and actual use has been limited to terrestrial aircraft.

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Happy 25th Birthday to the Hubble Space Telescope!

April 24th, 1990 was when the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit and (after some corrective surgery) started showing us the fucking beauty of the universe in wonderful detail.

Hubble’s deployment from the shuttle Discovery in 1990 (x)

Here’s to another 5 to 15 years depending on how long NASA and others maintain the telescope after the James Webb Observatory is launched and thanks for the pictures including:

Pillars of Creation, Eagle Nebula

Aurora on Saturn

Impact scars on Jupiter from Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 (July 1994)

Formalhaut with Fomalhaut b, the first planet discovered by indirect imaging (visible light)

The Helix Nebula

Comet fragments of Shoemaker-Levy 9 heading towards Jupiter

Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 (formally designated D/1993 F2) was a comet that broke apart and collided with Jupiter in July 1994, providing the first direct observation of an extraterrestrial collision of Solar System objects. This generated a large amount of coverage in the popular media, and the comet was closely observed by astronomers worldwide. The collision provided new information about Jupiter and highlighted its role in reducing space debris in the inner Solar System.

Credit: NASA/Hubble


Huge asteroids and comets don’t collide with our planet very often, so scientists can’t easily observe the effects of a major impact.

But 20 years ago this month, in July of 1994, researchers got a glimpse of what can happen when a sizeable comet crashes into a planet–in this case, Jupiter. The fiery results offered clues to how devastating the ancient impact on Earth might have been.

The comet named Shoemaker-Levy 9, already shattered into many pieces, slammed into Jupiter in a series of impacts. Many of the fragments were between one and three kilometers (0.6 and 1.9 miles) across in size. The multiple impacts sent fireballs high above Jupiter’s atmosphere and left dark scars so large our own planet would have fit inside.

Learn more about planetary impacts in the Cullman Hall of the Universe