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Discovery of X-rays from the K Impact of Comet Shoemaker Levy on Jupiter

[ROSAT PSPC Images - Impact of Shoemaker-Levy on Jupiter]

The Aurora emission of Jupiter has been measured with ROSAT several times. On the occasion of the impacts of the fragments of the comet Shoemaker-Levy on July 13 - 22, 1994, an extended ROSAT observation campaign was performed. During the impact of the fragment K a significant increase of the X-ray intensity was revealed at the northern Aurora zone.

Waite J.H. Jr., Gladstone G.R., Franke K., Lewis W.S., Fabian A.C., Brandt W.N., Na C., Haberl F., Clarke J.T., Hurley K.C., Sommer M., Bolton S., ROSAT Observations of X-ray Emissions from Jupiter during the Impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, Science 268, 1598 (1995)

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