Impact Jupiter: The Crash of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9

Impact Jupiter: The Crash of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9

by David H. Levy
     
 

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An account of the discovery of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet and its spectacular collision with Jupiter, just 6 months later, written by one of the comet's discoverers.

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An account of the discovery of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet and its spectacular collision with Jupiter, just 6 months later, written by one of the comet's discoverers.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The encounter of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 (S-L9) with Jupiter in July 1994 furnished the first modern scientific observations of a spectacular planetary collision. Astronomer Levy (The Quest for Comets), codiscoverer of S-L9, gives a blow-by-blow description of the discovery of the comet, its orbit and fragmentation, observations of its impacts and current understanding of the data. Along the way, distributing credits broadly, he furnishes general background and copious down-to- earth anecdotes of the daily practice of astronomical research. A sidelight is the revolutionary development of rapid sharing of science work via the Internet. The story, illustrated with color and black-and-white photos, is impressively documented, and the details are presented in clear language, with an enthusiastic yet lighthearted tone that sustains reader interest when the chatty narrative hops around. Levy's account is a definitive memoir of the unfolding of the S-L9 episode, potentially engrossing for anyone at all interested in astronomy. (Nov.)
Booknews
Levy, an amateur astronomer who has discovered 21 comets, including Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, shares his story of the discovery of the comet and its collision with Jupiter on July 16, 1994, a significant and unprecedented event in astronomy. Includes b&w photos and color illustrations. For general readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738208800
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
06/12/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.78(d)

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Meet the Author

David H. Levy has discovered twenty-one comets, eight of them using his own backyard telescope. He is the Science Editor for Parade magazine and author of several books including Comets: Creators and Destroyers. He also writes the monthly "Star Trails" column in Sky and Telescope. In 1997 he won an Emmy for his writing on the Discovery Channel's documentary Three Minutes to Impact. He lives in Arizona.

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