PHOTOS: Hubble's Hottest Science Finds

PHOTOS: Hubble's Hottest Science Finds
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Jupiter Takes a Beating

Two Hubble images stitched together show a "train" made up of bits of comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 taking aim at Jupiter in May 1994--a month before about 20 pieces of the dying comet slammed into the gas giant's southern hemisphere.

The planet survived the assault relatively unscathed, even though each hit generated the same amount of energy as would be released if all the atomic bombs on Earth exploded at the same time.
—Image courtesy NASA, ESA, H. Weaver and E. Smith (STScI) and J. Trauger and R. Evans (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
 
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