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The Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet is scheduled to collide with Jupiter sometime between the dates of July 16-22. What are the effects of this collision expected to be on the planets closest to Jupiter, on our atmosphere, and on the Earth?

As far as I can tell from what I have read, no effect at all. Whatever effects there are will be confined to Jupiter, and even these are likely to be slight. Jupiter is an immense planet; I have read the collision being likened to "spitballs hitting the Queen Mary". Jupiter will easily be able to absorb the enormous energies delivered by the comet fragments.

RC Winther

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