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Q: Comet that hit Jupiter ( No Answer,   2 Comments )
Subject: Comet that hit Jupiter
Category: Science > Astronomy
Asked by: curiouso44-ga
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Posted: 21 Sep 2006 17:29 PDT
Expires: 21 Oct 2006 17:29 PDT
Question ID: 767454
If the planet Jupiter is supposed to be a "Gas Giant", why was there
an explosion as if it were solid when a comet hit it a few years ago?
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Subject: Re: Comet that hit Jupiter
From: qed100-ga on 21 Sep 2006 18:17 PDT
You must be referring to the impact of Shoemaker-Levy 9 in summer of 1994.

   The comet's kinetic energy was extremely large. As the comet plowed
through the atmosphere, it naturally lost that energy to the gases,
producing violent, energetic heating & displacement of the clouds.
Subject: Re: Comet that hit Jupiter
From: oafpokie-ga on 21 Sep 2006 19:59 PDT
Additional info here:

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