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How many craters did the comet impact create on Jupiter?



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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 amazing 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.

Hawley


Actually, the surface of Jupiter that we can see is really Jupiter's atmo- sphere - all sorts of clouds and things. The comet never reached Jupiter's solid surface (if it has one), so the effect was sort of the same as a big rock landing in a lake of water. The effect of the comet was mostly tempo- rary ripples and splashes and other fun rearrangements of Jupiter's clouds, but no craters.

A Smith


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