Not directly about earth, more about Jupiter
January 31, 2009 3:42am CST
Ok, so at the end of last year, when my science teacher couldn't be bothered even attempting to teach, he showed us a video, which was recorded in 1993. I can't remember the name of the show, but it was one of the ones that covers all the current events in the science world, so of like New Scientist. The first thing on this was about a cluster of asteroids heading towards Jupiter. It had originally been one asteroid that broke up somehow. It was supposed to collide with Jupiter and provide "A phenomenal astronomic fireworks display", or some description along those lines. I have never read or heard about this in all my life, have any of you?
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
20 Feb 11
I know this is an old discussion but this stuff fascinates me so I had to respond. What you are talking about was a comet, not an asteroid. Comet shoemaker-levy to be exact. As the comet got near Jupiter, Jupiter's immense gravity began to break the comet up and spread it out in to a long string of fragments (see attached image). These fragments then slammed in to Jupiter one by one over the course of a few days. this was the first time in human history we had witnessed a comet colliding with another planet. We learned quite a bit from it. It was also a great demonstration on how Jupiter acts as a pretty good guardian of earth, absorbing objects that might otherwise collide with the earth.