Number of Craters for Jupiter
Name: joy m mcclain
Date: 1993 - 1999
How many craters did the comet create on Jupiter?
Jupiter has such a dense atmosphere that anything entering it at high
speed will burn up before reaching any solid surface where it could create a
crater. In fact, it is not known if Jupiter even HAS a solid surface at all!
The pieces of the comet that did hit Jupiter's atmosphere left some pretty amazi ng perturbations in
that atmosphere as we saw from pictures taken with telescopes (including the
Hubble Space Telescope) shortly after the collisions. Note: the comet had
already broken up into many pieces before colliding with Jupiter.
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