Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 73, Issue 2, pp 147–155 | Cite as

On penetration depth of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 fragments into the Jovian atmosphere

  • Zhong-Wei Hu
  • Yi Chu
  • Kai-Jun Zhang


The actual penetration depth of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 fragments into the Jovian atmosphere is still an open question. From fundamental equations of meteoric physics with variable cross-section, a new analytic model of energy release of the fragments is presented. In use of reasonable parameters, a series of results are calculated for different initial mass of the fragments. The results show that the largest fragment explodes above pressure levels of 3 bars and does not penetrate into the H2O cloud layer of the Jovian atmosphere, and that airburst of smaller fragments occur even above the upper cloud layer.


Atmosphere Penetration Depth Energy Release Pressure Level Small Fragment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhong-Wei Hu
    • 1
  • Yi Chu
    • 1
  • Kai-Jun Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.Astronomy DepartmentNanjing UniversityChina

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