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Comet levy will colloid with Jupiter in July 1994. it will probably be a HUGE explosion. the collision will occur on the fireside of the planet. I got an idea from bill higgins at fermi to use the moons as a periscope to detect the light produced using a photometer. what can I do to see if this will work, theoretically. PLEASE HELP!!!!


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It sounds like the huge explosion will produce a sudden burst of light (like a nuclear explosion) some of which might be reflected to the earth by some of Jupiter's moons... IF any of Jupiter's moons happen to be in the right part of their orbit at the time of the explosion. You need to check an ephemeris to get the data on Jupiter's moons as well as the relative positions of the earth and Jupiter, and you need to know the time of the collision more accurately, day and probably hour. Then you'll have to figure out where on the earth would be the best place to observe the Jovian system at the time of collsion IF Jupiter happened to be in the night-time sky at the time of collsion.

Good Luck!

John Hawley



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