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Impacts in Ultraviolet

This ultraviolet image taken from the Hubble Space Telescope shows Jupiter's atmosphere after many impacts by fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. A large, dark patch from the impact of fragment H is visible rising on the left side. Proceeding to the right, other dark spots were caused by impacts of fragments Q1, R, D and G, and L, with L covering the largest area of any seen thus far. The spots are very dark in the ultraviolet because a large quantity of dust is being deposited high in Jupiter's stratosphere, and that dust absorbs sunlight. Scientists will be able to track winds in the stratosphere by watching the evolution of these features. Jupiter's moon, Io, is the dark spot just above the center of the planet.

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