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Shoemaker-Levy 9 Hit Jupiter 25 Years Ago Today

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#1 Jeff B1

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 02:01 PM

Wow, time flies when we're having fun:  http://articles.adsa...8;filetype=.pdf


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Posted 16 July 2019 - 02:19 PM

I just sent David Levy an e-mail, "toasting" the anniversary. Thanks for the reminder!



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Posted 16 July 2019 - 02:23 PM

25 years already...boy time flies indeed...it was the time i finished university and got my first job....

Back then tried to view some details with a C14... it is silly but i can not remember if i was able to see some impact traces...



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Posted 16 July 2019 - 02:27 PM

I remember watching it with my friends AP152 Superplanetary F/12 refractor. I still have the posters from all of that!!

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 02:35 PM

I remember that! Still have some drawings somewhere, that I made at the eyepiece of my 4.5" f/8 newtonian. The impact marks were almost jet black. 

 

 

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 02:43 PM

I remember that! Still have some drawings somewhere, that I made at the eyepiece of my 4.5" f/8 newtonian. The impact marks were almost jet black. 

 

 

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Thomas, Denmark

The first views I made it seemed to me the scar was bluish.  Since it was daylight when observing the seeing was really bad and the scar appeared to be a smudge or an optical artifact on Jupiter caused by the shimmering air.  Later, when the air stabilized, I realized it was a dark patch at the CM where the comet hit was predicted to be.  Yes, it seems like yesterday.  25 years goes by fast, life is short..... 


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Posted 16 July 2019 - 03:23 PM

I'm looking forward to congratulating him in person in 12 days at the Adirondack Astronomy Retreat!  What an amazing event (both the impact AND the retreat)!


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Posted 16 July 2019 - 03:25 PM

I was out every night with my 8" Coulter watching every impact as they came around into view.  Fun nights.



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Posted 16 July 2019 - 04:03 PM

25 years ago is when I bought my first telescope...from Walmart...and promptly threw it in the trash...mad.gif mad.gif mad.gif



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Posted 16 July 2019 - 08:46 PM

And sadly Gene Shoemaker passed away in a car collision 300 kms from Alice Springs, Australia, 22 years ago tomorrow...... 

Fittingly Carolyn Porco arranged for his ashes to be flown to the Moon.......



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Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:32 AM

Watched this through my 8 inch Meade 826 reflector from the front yard, alternately running in to see the coverage on TV. Still among my most memorable astro-experiences.



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Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:01 AM

Saw the impacts thru my friends 8" Schmidt Cass. Impacts appeared a chocolate brown color. cool.gif



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Posted 17 July 2019 - 11:44 AM

I do remeber seeing it in my C8 and was surprised that I could. What I don't remember is how I knew about it? No internet back then???



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Posted 17 July 2019 - 12:22 PM

There was internet 25 years ago...14K4 or 28k8...doesn't ring a bell ? grin.gif



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Posted 17 July 2019 - 02:59 PM

Wendee Levy said it made David's day to know that folks still remember "the day," especially since it is over-shadowed by Apollo 11. Thanks, folks!



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Posted 17 July 2019 - 04:25 PM

Funny, July 16th was the date Apollo 11 launched, Carlos Hernandez's birthday and the comet crash all on that day in 1994.  Carlos was at my home and we were getting ready for the Jupiter/comet event and watching TV about the Moon shot history.  It seems like a lot of those things occurred when we got together.  25 years ago we were very active in astronomy and not so old.  We had a house full of friends for a week or more.  Then suddenly it was over and everyone left -- 25 years ago.     


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Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:10 PM

I still have my sketches, and I know where they are -- in that packaged bundle that I put together when an approaching forest fire forced my evacuation a few years ago.  I've still not unpacked them!

 

I observed and sketched the scars using a 10-inch Newtonian.  Some observations were made in the daytime, but most were probably made in the "twilight zone" smile.gif  after sunset.

 

It doesn't seem very long ago since I'm still living in the same location, and I still have the 10-inch telescope.   On the other hand, about the only component in my current 10-incher that was in the older one is the primary mirror.  Pretty much everything else has been either replaced or rebuilt.

 

25 years ago?  How time flies when one's having fun. smile.gif



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Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:35 PM

Coincidentally, but fittingly, I've just finished reading an account of the discovery of the comet and subsequent observations until impact in "Asteroids - A History" by Curtis Peebles. Great read.



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Posted 18 July 2019 - 12:08 PM

Wow 25 years! I was entering my senior year of high school and remember standing in the front yard with my little 4” reflector.  It’s amazing that the time between then and now is the same time between then and Apollo. 




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