Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 66, Issue 1, pp 1-9

First online:

The Shoemaker-Levy 9 spots on Jupiter: Their place in history

  • T. HockeyAffiliated withUniversity of Northern Iowa

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Historical observations of Jupiter were studied in a search for descriptions or depictions of spots of a magnitude comparable to that produced by the impacts of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 fragments with Jupiter in July 1994. No such record was found. With the possible exception of the Great Red Spot, the Shoemaker-Levy 9 “G“ spot appears to be the most prominent jovian spot in history.