The Great Comet Crash: The Collision of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Jupiter

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CUP Archive, Sep 29, 1995 - Science - 118 pages
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The Great Comet Crash is a record of the spectacular collision between Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and the giant planet Jupiter in July 1994. Researchers who were involved in all aspects of observing and interpreting the encounter give personal narratives of the events, from the discovery of the comet through to the dramatic effects on the appearance of Jupiter in the hours, days and months after the collision. The chapters are all by distinguished researchers who personally participated in the international teams who recorded the events. The book is illustrated in colour throughout by the very best images selected from professional observatories around the world. The Great Comet Crash is the definitive illustrated account by professional astronomers of the collision and its consequences.
 

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Contents

A Comet Like No Other
7
The Path To Destruction
13
The Giant Target
19
Bangs or Whimpers?
29
The International Observing Campaign
39
The String of Pearls
45
The Great Crash
55
Wiser after the Event?
97
What
103
Glossary and abbreviations
109
Index
115
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Jacqueline Mitton trained as an astronomer at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities. She is the author or co-author of over 20 astronomy books for both children and adults, and has also been consultant or contributor to many other reference books. She has been editor of the Journal of the British Astronomical Association, and the annual Handbook of the British Astronomical Association. As Press Officer of the Royal Astronomical Society, she made regular contributions to TV and radio about astronomical developments. She continues to keep up-to-date with recent astronomical advances.

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