Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9

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Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 was discovered in 1993 by Carolyn and Eugene Shoemaker and David Levy. The comet was in fragments, evidently due to a close encounter with the planet Jupiter in July 1992. During the period July 16-July 22 1994, the fragments of the comet collided with Jupiter, providing the first direct observation of the collision of two solar system objects.

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