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What if Shoemaker-Levy 9 had hit Mars,the Moon,or Venus instead of Jupiter in 1994?

  1. Mar 14, 2010 #1
    But not Earth.

    Ironically Jupiter would be the comet thrower here most likely yes?

    Scenario 1: SL9 hits Mars.

    Scenario 2: SL9 hits the Moon.

    Scenario 3: SL9 hits Venus.
     
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  3. Mar 14, 2010 #2

    russ_watters

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    Re: What if Shoemaker-Levy 9 had hit Mars,the Moon,or Venus instead of Jupiter in 199

    Before being broken up, SL-9 was probably on the order of 5 km across. It would have been exciting if it had hit one of those other bodies, but nothing too crazy (it wouldn't have broken one apart or anything like that). The one that is thought to have killed the dinosaurs was on the order of 10km.
    That's not a complete sentence and doesn't make a lot of sense, but I think you are saying that it is ironic that Jupiter was the one struck. Not really: being the largest body in the solar system besides the sun makes it the most likely to be hit.
     
  4. Mar 14, 2010 #3

    DaveC426913

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    Re: What if Shoemaker-Levy 9 had hit Mars,the Moon,or Venus instead of Jupiter in 199

    I assume you're talking about largest gravity well, since the planetary bodies are the equivalent of hitting a BB with another BB from miles away.
     
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