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What can you tell us about the "string of pearls" around Jupiter?



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This is a term that refers to a broken-up comet named Shoemaker-Levy 9 which was in orbit around Jupiter. The comet was broken up by Jupiter's strong gravity, and consisted of about 20 kind-of-roundish fragments traveling one behind the other; someone thought this looked a bit like a string of pearls and the name stuck. There have been photos in recent issues of Astronomy and Sky & Telescope magazines. These fragments will collided with Jupiter over a period of about a week starting around July 16, 1994.

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