Thursday, October 22, 2009

Meteor Master

Hero who could spot and stop Doomsday Meteor would be Carolyn Shoemaker. Since 1983, she has discovered more than 800 asteroids and 32 comets, some of which cross Earth’s orbit. Mrs. Shoemaker is already a hero in the eyes of world astronomers. Working with her husband, Gene, and David Levy, she discovered Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.
Jupiter’s gravity had grabbed the comet and forced it to orbit the gas giant instead of the Sun. The powerful gravity ripped the comet into 21 pieces, all of which slammed into Jupiter in 1994. The spectacular crash gave astronomers an exciting glimpse at the chemistry of Jupiter’s mysterious atmosphere.

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