- Common Name: Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
- Offical Designation: D/1993 F2
- Orbital Period: None (Impacted into Jupiter)
- Last Close Earth Visit: March 24th, 1993
- Next Close Earth Visit: Never (Impacted into Jupiter)
- Discovered: March 24th, 1993
- Discovered by: Carolyn and Eugene Shoemaker, David Levy
17 Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Facts for Kids
- Shoemaker-Levy 9 is a comet that impacted the planet Jupiter in 1994.
- The official designation for Shoemaker-Levy 9 was D/1993 F2.
- The Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 was discovered on March 24th, 1993.
- The Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 was discovered by Carolyn Shoemaker, Eugene Shoemaker and David Levy.
- Shoemaker-Levy 9 provided astronomers with the first direct observation of objects in our Solar System colliding.
- The Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 was estimated to have a diameter of 1.1 miles before it broke up.
- Shoemaker-Levy 9 broke apart in July 1992, due to the tidal forces of Jupiter.
- The fragments of Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacted Jupiter between July 16th and 22nd.
- The fragments of Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacted Jupiter at around 134,000 miles per hour.
- There was a total of 21 different impacts by fragments of Shoemaker-Levy 9.
- The first fragment impact was on July 16th, 1994, at 20:13 UTC.
- The largest impact was by fragment G on July 18th, 1994, at 07:33 UTC.
- Shoemaker-Levy 9 fragment G created the largest impact. It’s estimated the energy created by the impact was 600 times great than the current world’s nuclear arsenal, or about six million megatons of TNT.
- The impact of Shoemaker-Levy 9 fragments left temporary scars on Jupiter’s surface that were more prominent than the Great Red Spot.
- Shoemaker-Levy 9 was discovered to be orbiting Jupiter, instead of the sun. It’s estimated that it was captured into Jupiter’s orbit in the mid-1960s or early 1970s.
- It’s estimated that a comet the size of Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacts Jupiter once every 6,000 years.
- 15 years (July 19th, 2009) after the Shoemaker-Levy 9 fragment impacts a new black spot was discovered on Jupiter. It’s estimated Jupiter was impacted by an undiscovered asteroid.
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Pictures
A picture of Jupiter being impacted by Fragemnt A of Shoemaker-Levy 9.
A picture of Jupiter being impacted by Fragemnt G of Shoemaker-Levy 9.
A picture of Jupiter being impacted by Fragemnt Q of Shoemaker-Levy 9.
Additional Resources with Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Facts
- Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9’s Epic Crash – Learn about the historic impact of Shoemarker-Levy 9 into Jupiter on the Space.com website.
- Top 20 Shoemaker Levy 9 Pictures – View the top 20 pictures taken of Shoemarker Levy 9 during July 1994 on the NASA JPL website.
- Comet Shoemaker Levy 9 – Wikipedia – Explore more about the explosive history of the Shoemaker Levy 9 comet on the Wikipedia website.