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When the Comet Shoemaker hits Jupiter, how will the wave action on the gas cloud be different from the wave action in water?



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The wave action will be effected by the density of the gas. Liquids have much stronger more frequent interactions between atoms and seem to stick together more. We might expect shock waves that push the gas away from the impact for very short times and then could see mixing from lower in the atmosphere of other gases. We should not expect large waves on the surface like tsunamis. I hope that you were as excited as the rest of us with the pictures.

Samuel P Bowen


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