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Comet & Jupiter

Image courtesy of: Hunter Waite, Randy Gladstone, and Southwest Research Institute.

This is a soft X-ray HRI image of Jupiter which uses data obtained both before and during the impact of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 in July, 1994. The positions of each photon have been corrected for the motions of Jupiter and ROSAT, and have been smoothed by the HRI point-spread-function. This image shows the local-time behavior of Jovian X-ray emissions, and indicates that both the auroral and newly-discovered equatorial X-rays are much brighter on the afternoon (right) side than on the morning (left) side of the planet, perhaps indicating the presence of a magnetosphere-wide dusk-to-dawn electric field.
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Comet & Jupiter

Image credit: Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (MPE)

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Curator: Michael Arida (SP Sys); arida@milkyway.gsfc.nasa.gov
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