Crash of 1994


On Wednesday, July 20, the CSRA Astronomy Club, USCA Media Services, and the USCA Physics Department sponsored the "Crash of 1994" - the collision of a comet and the planet Jupiter. Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 was first seen in orbit around Jupiter in March 1993 after it had already broken apart due to JupiterÕs tidal forces.

On the evening of July 20th, in front of the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, approximately 100 people attended the "Crash" to learn more about the comet's collision with Jupiter by viewing the planet through small telescopes. In addition to the telescopes, observers were also able to view what was being shown on the NASA channel and educational TV.



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