DPS Meeting, Madison, October 1998
Session 40. Comets III
Contributed Oral Parallel Session, Thursday, October 15, 1998, 1:00-2:20pm, Madison Ballroom C

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[40.05] A New View of the SL9-Jupiter Impacts Based on the SPIREX Results

S. A. Severson (University of Chicago)

I present a revised picture of the impacts of the fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter. This work is based on the results of the South Pole Infrared Explorer (SPIREX). The SPIREX telescope enjoyed a nearly uninterrupted view of this event from it's unique vantage point, providing a large and uniform overview of the fragment impacts. I will first present a review of the SPIREX 2.22 and 2.36 micron lightcurves taken during eighteen of the predicted impact times. I will then discuss their implications, including impact timings and energies. Most importantly, I have concluded that the impacts of the middle-train fragments differed from those of the other fragments. They produced what I call a prolonged ``fountain'' of ejecta. I will discuss the significance of this finding.

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