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

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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.

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Hockey, T. The Shoemaker-Levy 9 spots on Jupiter: Their place in history. Earth Moon Planet 66, 1–9 (1994). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00612878

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