This is an illustration of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Jupiter.
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Courtesy of H.A. Weaver, T.E. Smith (Space Telescope Science Institute) and J.T. Trauger, R.W. Evans (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), and NASA/NSSDC
In recent history, comets have hit a planet's surface, such as the case when comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 hit the planet Jupiter in 1995. A drawing of the comet plunging into Jupiter is shown here.
Read more about comets by reading our comet section. Read more about comet crashes by taking the Exporatour of Spectacular Crashes in the Solar System, at the bottom of this page.
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