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Collision of comet Shoemaker-Levi 9 with Jupiter: what shall we see?

 a, b,  b,  c,  d,  d,  c,  b
a Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Postfach 1312, Giessenbechstrasse 85748 , Garching, 85741, Germany
b Joint Institute for High Temperatures, Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Izhorskaya 13/19, Moscow, 127412, Russian Federation
c Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University), Institutskii per. 9, Dolgoprudnyi, Moscow Region, 141700, Russian Federation
d Institute of Theoretical Astronomy, Russian Academy of Sciences, nab. Kutuzova 10, St. Petersburg, 191187, Russian Federation

In July 1994 a dramatic cosmic event will take place: comet Shoemaker-Levi 9 will collide with Jupiter. The entry of the comet into the atmosphere of Jupiter will be accompanied by a rapid energy release and an explosion will take place. The energy released during the explosion, of the order of 107 Mt, will exceed by some thousandfold the total nuclear potential accumulated by mankind. Some characteristics of the interaction of the comet with Jupiter are discussed and possible consequences of the collision are outlined.

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PACS: 96.50.Gn, 96.30.Kf (all)
DOI: 10.1070/PU1994v037n06ABEH000027
Citation: Klumov B A, Kondaurov V I, Konyukhov A V, Medvedev Yu D, Sokolskii A G, Utyuzhnikov S V, Fortov V E "Collision of comet Shoemaker-Levi 9 with Jupiter: what shall we see?" Phys. Usp. 37 577–588 (1994)
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Оригинал: Клумов Б А, Кондауров В И, Конюхов А В, Медведев Ю Д, Сокольский А Г, Утюжников С В, Фортов В Е «Столкновение кометы Шумейкер-Леви 9 с Юпитером: что мы увидим?» УФН 164 617–629 (1994); DOI: 10.3367/UFNr.0164.199406c.0617

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