Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Fragment W Impacts Jupiter (1994)

Bright impact of comet fragment on Jupiter. The flash is about as large as Earth.
June 18, 2019
CreditNASA/JPL-Caltech/Galileo Imaging Team
Historical DateJuly 22, 1994
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These images of Jupiter show the luminous night-side impact of fragment W of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 were taken by the Galileo spacecraft on July 22, 1994.

The black-and-white image consists of four frames taken over a 7-second period. It shows the beginning, brightening and fading of a bright point about 44 degrees south latitude on the far side of Jupiter from the Earth.

Galileo was 148 million miles (238 million kilometers) from Jupiter at the time, and 386 million miles (621 million kilometers) from Earth.