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How many craters did the comet create on Jupiter?


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Jupiter has such a dense atmosphere that anything entering it at high speed will burn up before reaching any solid surface where it could create a crater. In fact, it is not known if Jupiter even HAS a solid surface at all! The pieces of the comet that did hit Jupiter's atmosphere left some pretty amazi ng perturbations in that atmosphere as we saw from pictures taken with telescopes (including the Hubble Space Telescope) shortly after the collisions. Note: the comet had already broken up into many pieces before colliding with Jupiter.

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