String of pearls
Name: Debbie C Brodowski
What can you tell us about the "string of pearls" around Jupiter?
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.
Click here to return to the Astronomy Archives
Update: June 2012