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The Collision of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Jupiter
IAU Colloquium 156

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Paul W. Chodas, Donald K. Yeomans, Jacques Crovisier, Zdenek Sekanina, Philip D. Nicholson, Heidi B. Hammel, Clark R. Chapman, David A. Crawford, Mordecai-Mark Mac Low, Kevin Zahnle, Emmanuel Lellouch, Julianne I. Moses, Robert A. West, Barney J. Conrath, Reta F. Beebe, Andrew P. Ingersoll, Hiroo Kanamori, Wing-Huen Ip
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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521031622

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  • The spectacular collision of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter in July 1994 was a unique event in the history of observational astronomy. With a year's advance warning, astronomers and planetary scientists around the world were able to co-ordinate an observing campaign to track the event in unprecedented detail. A year after the event, a workshop at the Space Telescope Science Institute provided the first opportunity for them to bring together their observations and found a new understanding of the impact. Based on this meeting, sixteen invited reviews from authors selected as international leaders in the study of the impact and its aftermath are presented in this volume. The chapters have been edited and arranged to provide a thorough and comprehensive overview of our knowledge of the event. While our understanding of the impact will evolve with future work, this book provides a solid foundation for new insights that will follow. It will be a standard reference for graduate students and researchers in astronomy and planetary science.

    • A complete research-level review of the collision and its aftermath – with sixteen chapters by international experts
    • Provides a solid foundation for future research in the field and a standard reference for graduate students and researchers
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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521031622
    • length: 388 pages
    • dimensions: 243 x 168 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.633kg
    • contains: 60 b/w illus. 23 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

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    Preface
    1. The orbital motion and impact circumstances of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Paul W. Chodas and Donald K. Yeomans
    2. Observational constraints on the composition and nature of Comet D/Shoemaker-Levy 9 Jacques Crovisier
    3. Tidal breakup of the nucleus of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Zdenek Sekanina
    4. Earth-based observations of impact phenomena Philip D. Nicholson
    5. HST imaging of Jupiter shortly after each impact: plumes and fresh sites Heidi B. Hammel
    6. Galileo observations of the impacts Clark R. Chapman
    7. Models of fragment penetration and fireball evolution David A. Crawford
    8. Entry and fireball models vs. observations: what have we learned? Mordecai-Mark Mac Low
    9. Dynamics and chemistry of SL9 plumes Kevin Zahnle
    10. Chemistry induced by the impacts: observations Emmanuel Lellouch
    11. SL9 impact chemistry: long-term photochemical evolution Julianne I. Moses
    12. Particulate matter in Jupiter's atmosphere from the impacts of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 Robert A. West
    13. Jupiter's post-impact atmospheric thermal response Barney J. Conrath
    14. Growth and dispersion of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact features from HST imaging Reta F. Beebe
    15. Waves from the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacts Andrew P. Ingersoll and Hiroo Kanamori
    16. Jovian magnetospheric and auroral effects of the SL9 impacts Wing-Huen Ip.

  • Editors

    Keith S. Noll, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore

    Harold A. Weaver, Applied Research Corporation, Landover, Maryland

    Paul D. Feldman, The Johns Hopkins University

    Contributors

    Paul W. Chodas, Donald K. Yeomans, Jacques Crovisier, Zdenek Sekanina, Philip D. Nicholson, Heidi B. Hammel, Clark R. Chapman, David A. Crawford, Mordecai-Mark Mac Low, Kevin Zahnle, Emmanuel Lellouch, Julianne I. Moses, Robert A. West, Barney J. Conrath, Reta F. Beebe, Andrew P. Ingersoll, Hiroo Kanamori, Wing-Huen Ip

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