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Old 07-21-2009, 05:23 AM
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Cool Mystery Object Gives Jupiter Another Bruise

Something mysterious hit Jupiter and caused a new black mark on its already spot-filled face. Scientists were ecstatic that they could see the results, especially in infrared. (Sounds slightly sadistic, doesn't it? )

Folks may remember what happened when a broken-up Comet Shoemaker-Levy smashed into Jupiter some years ago.

Many jokes related to the ending of the movie 2010 have already been made. (Insert your own.)

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Old 07-21-2009, 05:28 AM
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Better Jupiter than us. I had no idea what a good protector Jupiter was for the Earth! We owe him our thanks.
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Ow, ow, ow, OW!

http://astronomersguide.com/images/S...%20Jupiter.jpg



(Comet Shoemaker-Levy.)
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:39 AM
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Yep, Jupiter takes a lot of bit hits for the solar system.
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Yep, Jupiter takes a lot of bit hits for the solar system.
It's ok, they miss the monoloith!~

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Well, do they miss it, or does it miss them?
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Well, do they miss it, or does it miss them?
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Open the Cargo bay doors hal..
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I heard this object left a hole in Jupiter the size of the Earth, is this correct? And if it is, that probably resulted in an unimaginably powerful explosion. It might have been somewhat akin to what scientists tell us happened between our own planet and our moon billions of years ago. My question, for all you science types is this: Would such an explosion cause any debris to be flung out into space at such a great velocity that it wouldn't stop until it hit something, like possibly us? Or would Jupiter's great gravity prevent that debris from acheiving escape from it's own massive gravitational field?
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