Processing Images – Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Jupiter (Part 2 of 2)

In the third exposure seen in the last post, you can see the 3 oval shapes marks which indicate where pieces of Shoemaker -Levy 9 impacted with Jupiter. Unfortunately, due to limitations with the exposure we couldn’t enhance these three impact areas without degrading the rest of the image.

We however did pick up some other interesting marks so we decided to focus on those instead.

When Shoemaker-levey 9  broke up, there were more than 3 pieces that struck Jupiter. If you look at the image below , you will see a number of light marks which we believe show the impact marks  of the  smaller pieces of Shoemaker. We counted 34 of these marks and they appear to be in the general area where you would expect a trail of comet fragments to hit the planet.

In the picture below, the original result is shown on the left while the image on the right has a few flaws removed from the picture and we modified the satellite’s shadow to be more realistic.

Jupiter 2004-07-30 Final Image

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~ by sydneystargazers on July 26, 2010.

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