Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Fragments (1994)

Fuzzy string of comet pieces in space.
June 18, 2019
CreditNASA/ESA/H. Weaver and E. Smith (STSci)
Historical DateMay 17, 1994
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Fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 as seen by Hubble on May 17, 1994. This image includes all 21 fragments and spans about 710,000 miles (114,000 kilometers), roughly three times the distance from the Earth to the Moon. The fragments impacted Jupiter in July 1994.