Sunday, August 13, 2006

Shoemaker-Levy 9




On the 18th July 1994, comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 slams into Jupiter.

"The power and size of the explosions of most fragments far exceeded most predictions. Although the visible flashes were out of sight, in infra-red the huge mushroom clouds, some bigger than the entire Earth, could be seen rising up over the edge of Jupiter. The power of the biggest explosion, that of fragment G, was estimated at 250 million megatons of TNT, 17 billion times bigger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 (yield 15 kilotons). Even the biggest hydrogen bomb ever exploded by mankind, 50 megatons, is tiny by comparison."

Cool, huh?

Arnt we small, lol?

4 comments:

Kasia said...

:) We are ants. But theat is all right. I can be an ant as long as...yeah as along as what???? I don't know. Maybe as long as we feel a part of THIS. A part of universe.

Martin said...

Good answer! Thats the kind of answer that comes from a long night drinking and thinking about the universe.

Me personally, I think its just great that there is so much we dont know, and so much we are learning.

THERES JUST SO MUCH GOING ON OUT THERE.

I just want to know.

Kasia said...

Great avator, Martin:)

Alexander said...

>>Martin said - "Good answer! Thats the kind of answer that comes from a long night drinking and thinking about the universe".

LOL :D