ERIC Number: ED374016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Periodic Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Collides with Jupiter. Background Material for Science Teachers.
Jet Propulsion Lab., Pasadena, CA.
In July of 1994, fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy collided with Jupiter. This document has been provided to better inform students of the work that will be done by scientists and others involved in the study of this event. This document offers some background material on Jupiter, comets, what has and possibly will happen, and how scientists propose to take advantage of the impact events. The following sections are included: (1) What is A Comet?; (2) The Motion of Comets; (3) The Fragmentation of Comets; (4) The Discovery and Early Study of Shoemaker-Levy 9; (5) The Planet Jupiter; (6) The Final Orbit of Shoemaker-Levy 9; (7) The Collisions; (8) How Can These Impacts and Their Consequences Be Studied?; and (9) What Do Scientists Expect to Learn from All of This? (ZWH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Jet Propulsion Lab., Pasadena, CA.
Identifiers: Comets; Jupiter (Planet)
Note: Several figures based on images taken from spacecraft have marginal legibility.